Hooks and splits rings

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The MR 60F is loaded down with good hardware front to back. Three black nickel split rings serve as hook hangers and the line tie. Two super-sharp black nickel round bend hooks hang from the bait, ready to stick to whatever swims by. These hooks are a fairly thin wire hook, which I like on a crankbait this size.

If I were fishing a squarebill or lipless, I’d likely bump these hooks up a notch or two to a bolder, stronger short-shank triple grip-style hook. But for a bait in this depth range, I’m not usually worried about wrestling the fish out of wood like I would be with the squarebill or pulling them out of thick vegetation like I would be with a lipless. Instead, I’m typically fishing a bait like this in fairly open-water scenarios with a clean or rocky bottom. Having a thinner wire hook allows for softer hooksets and better hookup ratios when fishing in cooler water when fish might just swat at a bait like this.