Bend the hooks up

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This is a big one for hollow body baits like popping frogs, walking frogs and others soft topwaters with a double hook. Most baits like this come with their hooks kind of running flat with the top of the lure. This helps make the bait extremely weedless. The only issue is there are times when you get a bite and the hook doesn’t penetrate the fish because the bait is a little too weedless.

To help prevent missing fish with a hollow body bait, try bending the hooks up a little, so they’re pointed slightly upward as opposed to running flush or parallel with the top of the lure. This helps the hook go up and into the roof of the fish’s mouth when the bait compresses and can greatly increase your hookup ratio.