Im not too sure how long it is now since I made the decision to switch to single hooks on my hard lures ? I guess it has to be a couple of years now . I do still have a few lures in the box with treble hooks but as they corrode they always get replaced with single hooks . Heres the reasons why and my findings and feelings on the subject
If you fish with treble hooks its only a matter of time until you will experience fish getting hooked in the eye , gills ,face . Its pretty grim to witness . In the old days I was 100 % catch and release . I do ponder as to how many Bass I sent swimming off to a watery grave or at the very least seriously affected their chances in the harsh world I returned them too ? How well can a one eyed Bass hunt or avoid predators ? The vast majority of the fish I catch annually are returned. I owe it to myself and the fish to make this process as pain free and stress free as possible(for a fish and angler !) . I want that fish to survive the event and get bigger and hopefully return to my hook in a few years time . I hate that solemn feeling when I return a messed up fish and the sense of farce around the event .
Fewer lost fish
Making the switch to single hooks required a leap of faith . I remember a long discussion years ago on the UKBASS forum . A few guys waded in and were quick to discount the idea, suggesting that the net result of the switch would be less fish landed. I completely disagree with this now having hooked and landed so many on singles and lost so many fish on trebles .Its logical . If I cast a hard lure its invariably a surface lure . Bass will slash and swipe at this and try to stun the prey . With treble hooks we often hook our fish in the cheeks or flanks , sometimes even the tail ! When a Bass attacks a lure with a single hook it will often take quite a few hits before its is on , but when its on, `ITS ON , its hooked fair and square in the mouth. I am now playing a fish on a size 2/0 hook , with trebles I may be playing a 10 lb bass on one size 2 prong hooked in the cheek . No thanks !! You will hook a few less fish but the loses are dramatically reduced . Im starting to labour the point now !
Thursday I had the worst case senario . A small school Bass that has hit an old Frosty that was kicking around in my lure box , trebles nice and rusty too. The fish was in the boat in seconds , now thrashing around on the deck , tangling the landing net in the process , trebles snagging everything. I grabbed the fish it went crazy and yep Im now attached to a treble hook and the other one has a angry Bass going beserk ! Somehow I managed to free myself in a split second . I have a small scar on my finger but it could have been so much worse .
For 100 mm or less lures I use Decoy plugging singles Size 1//0
For Patchinko – Z Claw – Sammy – Allie Mag – Gunfish . I use Decoy plugging single Size 2/0
For Orion Slider or Feed Popper try Decoy Jigging Single size 2/0
Be brave make the switch who cares if you drop a couple of foul hooked fish ! If you fish for sport be sporting about it !