The deep hooking ability of the O’Shaugnessy bend hook is shown with this 4-pound smallie.
in my landing ratio by using an old-school O’Shaugnessy bend jig hook.
The upswept bend of an O’Shaugnessy style hook makes the lure easier for bass to scoop from the bottom. Consequently, they are taken deeper in the mouth, and the smaller gap helps keep the jig tight to the bass and more difficult to throw when they shake their head. I now pour all my football head jigs and tube jigs with the O’Shaugnessy Gamakatsu #111 jig hook.
Soft Jerkbaits & Texas-Rigged Senkos
Soft jerkbaits like my favorite Yamamoto D-Shad are both bulky and soft. Same with a Senko. When fished
in situations where line test is between 12- and
20-pound test, the hook style must be light
enough in wire size to maximize the lure
movement, have a deep enough
bend to accommodate the bulky
plastic, and have the proper shank
bend at the eye to aid in keeping the
soft plastic in the correct position
with minimal damage.
Professional angler Mike
McClelland pays attention to details
and has developed the G-Finesse
Hybrid Worm Hook (made by
Gamakatsu). For anglers who just
want a hook that works, look no
For tackle nerds like me,
5.18 pound the features are impressive. The
largemouth tournament grade wire is forged to
caught on a be strong but is small in diameter
Yamamoto to be lightweight for maximum
D-Shad with lure action. It is coated with nano
a 4/0 Hybrid technology for easy and quick
Worm Hook. penetration.
A Senko rigged Texas-style with
this “Hybrid Worm Hook” will wiggle
like a dog’s wagging tail as it sinks
through the water column.
A soft jerkbait like the D-Shad
will dart like an evading minnow
because this hook is the ideal weight
and configuration. Equally important
in the design is the “R” bend (also