Are you losing fish because your fishing hooks aren’t sharp enough? One of the things many fishermen neglect is taking proper care of their hooks. Have you ever lost a big fish that was on and wondered why? Maybe, your hook wasn’t sharp enough.
Let’s dive right in.
Taking Proper Care of Your Fishing Hooks
If you fish brush piles, gravel beds, rock piles, log jams, bridge pilings, timber and boat docks you need to check your fishing hooks for sharpness.
A sharpening tool should be a regular part of your tackle box. If you’re on your way to fish and don’t have a sharpener go to a drug store and get a diamond-dust nail file. It’s important to check your fishing hooks for sharpness every time you get snagged.
Here is the way I test my hooks for sharpness:
Grab the shank of the hook in one hand and gently put the point on your thumbnail. Don’t apply any force or pressure whatsoever. Now, try and move the hook across your thumbnail. If the point digs in then the hook is sharp.
I also use this method for my pocket knife to test it’s sharpness.
Sharp fishing hooks can make your fishing trip a success or failure. The big one doesn’t have to get away when you have a sharp hook. I recommend that you go and look online for a reliable fish hook sharpener if you do not already have one. It is also a good idea to replace it every couple of years as they can wear down with time and use.
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