Canton Ohio-based Jack Hooks has without question come up with an interesting concept that can help save time and in some cases the aggravation of tying knots through traditional eye hooks. We can see the use of a knotless hook being especially beneficial for novice anglers, children (tested positive with a six and eight-year old), those suffering from arthritis or physical limitations and though not tested, fishing in icy, cold conditions.
The question of course that immediately came to mind was will this simple tie configuration, referred to as the “Jack Wrap”, actually hold. We tested out Jack Hook’s Extra Wide Gap and Signature J-hook products using a weightless senko like worm on 8-pound mono. In both cases, several cast were made in both weedless and weedy conditions. We lost the first hook pretty quick. We blame ourselves and not the design. Though the wrap method seems to save time there is a slight learning curve. Twenty to thirty casts later and pulling in two, 2- and 3-pound largemouth without a hitch, we were pleased to find the tie and the hooks held up without failure. It’s our belief that the tie should be checked just as often as you would a traditional knotted hook (10-15 casts) to ensure no damage or stress to the line or tie which can cause failure.
Made of stainless steel, the hooks are solid, cut-to-shape and machine pressed. Without question the tips are extremely sharp and the hooks are made of stainless steel to prevent corrosion – longevity is a plus. With more time we’d like to test these hooks using various line to see if the results would be the same. But our initial experience was positive. These hooks might not be for everyone, but they’re made well and truly worth consideration based on potential needs and openness to trying a new hook system.
Cost: Jack Hooks currently offers 10 models costing $6.99 for a pack of three an single hook testers going for $2.49 on the site. There is also a sample pack for about $22
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