This is a simple one that anyone can do and a great reason to keep old baits. Inevitably, I’ll get snagged. And inevitably, after having done so 4 or 5 of 10,000 times in a day, I’ll get a little frustrated and finally snatch the bait undone or hold my thumb on the spool and troll off with enough force to pry Thor’s hammer off the floor. They don’t make a hook capable of withstanding that. Not for bass fishing anyway.
So after my tantrum, I take the swim jig or buzzbait or spinnerbait or what have you and toss it into a box in my boat. Now, when it comes practice time, I have a selection of baits with opened up hooks that I can tie on. They just need a little more modification. When cutting the business end of the hook off, I like to leave just a little of the bend to help keep my trailer up on the bait.
You can do this with treble hooks too on crankbaits, topwaters, lipless cranks and the whole lot really. And you’re typically better off not cutting the whole hook off at the eye. Continue to cut even the treble hooks in the bends. The reason being balance. A lot of crankbaits, especially small ones, depend on the weight and drag of their hooks for their action. So if you cut the hooks off completely, you’ll throw that action off.