Tackle Tips

Get More Use Out of Plastics When Using Flipping Hooks

If you've spent any amount of time flipping and pitching creature baits, you know they're usually only good for a fish or two, especially when using straight-shank flipping hooks. Luckily for us, pro bass angler Tom Redington shares a simple tip for re-using creature baits with torn noses, or any soft plastic lure for that matter. This saves time and often a lot of money.

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The problem lies in the flipping hook keeper. A solid hookset often causes the keeper to tear the head of the bait, rendering it useless after a single fish (slides down the hook shank). Redington's system involves sliding an o-ring down over the head of the plastic and using it as a collar to secure the flipping hook keeper to bait and o-ring. It takes a second and turns a pile of burned up plastics into re-usable baits good for several additional fish.