Mustad Keel Weighted Hooks with Clip-on
by Russ Bassdozer
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Mustad Keel Weighted Hooks with Clip-on Corkscrew Keepers
Often called "swimbait hooks" but truth is
a superior way to weedless rig and weight most all soft
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Weighted hooks like these were first used for soft plastic
toads. Originally, the need was to rig soft plastic toads to make
them weedless plus add ballast below the belly in order to keep
toads from twirling, flipping over or torquing to one side as the
toads were dragged and gurgled across the water's surface.
Today, these hooks have become all the rage for soft
swimbaits. The added stability the keel-like weight produces
during the retrieve, plus the extra wide gaps makes them the
ideal hook for swimbaits.
But don't stop there!
These weighted hooks are the most modern and advantageous way to
rig most any soft bait.
Practically any soft bait will work with these weighted hooks.
You may use a wide variety of small to large soft baits by
varying the hook size from 3/0 to a massive 8/0. You may fish
shallow or deep by varying the weight used from 1/8 to 3/8 oz.
They're streamlined to fish in and around cover, and the tapered
weight shape makes it especially effective in grass.
- Premium Mustad UltraPoint hook #91768BLN is super strong to
pull big fish out of thick cover
- Extra wide bend design. Ultra-sharp UltraPoint hook
- Sturdy stainless steel clip-on wire corkscrew keeps baits
from pulling down or balling up on the hook and baits will last
- Tapered non-movable keel weight improve castability, slips
through weeds and snags, keeps baits balanced and upright so they
don't spin, and enhances swimming and falling action
- Work with almost any soft bait - not just for swimbaits and
Mustad's premium #91768BLN UltraPoint is featured in these
weighted hooks designed for rigging soft plastic baits.
Added Action and Increased Vibration. With
many soft baits, the weight on this hook improves the bait's
action and increases its vibration. The keel-like weight helps
produce a wobbling fall and a rocking retrieve. You can think of
the movement, action and vibration the weight produces as a
separate lure element in addition to the bait itself. Just as the
blade on a spinnerbait produces action and vibration in the lure,
so too can the weight on this hook produce action and vibration
in the attached lure. Of course, it's not as active as a
spinnerbait blade, but the concept is similar in that the weight
is a separate element that can add action, movement and vibration
to many soft baits.
The shape and position of the weight is the real beauty of it
all. When allowed to fall on the drop, the weight will swagger
and sway as it falls, causing the attached soft bait to wiggle
and waver in a swimming motion as it falls. There's nothing too
magical about the rig when you retrieve it steadily, it comes in
straight. But pause and let it fall on a slack line, or let it
pendulum swing in toward you on a semi-tight line - without
reeling - and the shank weight starts swinging and swaying,
thereby rocking the attached bait back and forth like a baby in a
Clip-on Stainless Steel Wire Corkscrew Keepers. Provide
the means to keep soft baits attached. Simply clip the corkscrew
onto the hook eye and screw the bait's nose onto it. Then Texas
rig the hook point into the bait. The corkscrew will hold your
soft baits in place much better, your baits will be able come
through rougher cover without pulling down or balling on the
hook. Best of all, your baits will tend
to last longer, and you'll catch more fish on each bait!
3/0 Mustad 91768BLN Weighted Hook w/Keeper
Size 3/0 ~ 3/16 oz ~ Qty: 5 pack
Size 3/0 ~ 3/16 oz ~ Qty: 5 pack
Examples of baits that go great with the 3/0 hooks include
Yamamoto's Flappin Hog (top), 4" 9S Senko (center) and
5-3/4" Kut Tail (bottom).
4/0 Mustad 91768BLN Weighted Hook w/Keeper
4/0 hooks from L to R: 1/4, 3/16, 1/8 oz weights.
Size 4/0 ~ 1/8 oz ~ Qty: 5 pack
Size 4/0 ~ 3/16 oz ~ Qty: 5 pack
Size 4/0 ~ 1/4 oz ~ Qty: 5 pack
Some of my favorite baits to use with the weighted 4/0 include
Yamamoto's 5-inch Hula Grub, the 5-inch Yamamoto Senko or Swim
Senko, 6-1/2-inch Yamamoto Kut Tail Worms, soft craws - or
try any soft bait you may otherwise rig with a 4/0 hook.
Yamamoto's 5-inch hula grub rigged on the 1/4 oz 4/0 hook for
swimming deep along the bottom.
With the lighter 1/8 oz 4/0 hook, Yamamoto's 5-inch Hula Grub can
be buzzed on top, leaving a rippling trail across the surface of
thick grass mats - or open water. It's a deadly topwater
presentation - with a Yamamoto Hula Grub!
Slender, more supple baits like Yamamoto Senkos, Swim Senkos
and Kut Tail Worms will shake and shimmy even with the lighter
1/8 and 3/16oz shank weight hooks.
Because the weight is positioned far back on the shank, the
attached bait falls horizontally - as if it was wacky rigged or
rigged on a wacky jig. Shown here are Yamamoto's Swim Senko and
world-famous Senko, both in 5-inch sizes.
With these hooks (due to the holding power of the clip),
you'll be able to add a whole new dimension to your weightless
Yamamoto Senko fishing - you'll be able to impart aggressive
action to a Senko by working it hard and fast like a soft plastic
jerkbait. Due to the softness of a Senko, it's been impossible up
to now as a Senko will tear and ball up without the wire
corkscrew keeper to hold the Senko in place when aggressive
action is imparted. There are times bass want this hard, fast
ripping action, even splashing and skipping frantically as fast
as you can reel it across the surface with the rod tip up in a
topwater presentation. But even on your typical slow Senko
presentations, the wire corkscrew will hold your Senko in place
much better, your Senko will be able to come through rougher
cover without balling up, will last longer, and you'll tend to
catch more fish on each Senko (or any soft bait). Give it a try!
With baits that have tail action of their own - like
Yamamoto's Swim Senko - the tail action will cause the hook
weight to swing back and forth on a steady retrieve - and the
weight will rock the bait back and forth when the retrieve is
paused and the bait falls.
Even thicker, less active baits like Yamamoto's Craw will flutter
and shimmy on the fall. Thicker, less active baits require the
heavier 1/4 oz weight in order to have the shimmying, shaking
effect on them.
5/0 Mustad 91768BLN Weighted Hook w/Keeper Clip
5/0 hooks in from L to R: 1/8, 3/16 and 1/4 oz weights.
Size 5/0 ~ 1/8 oz ~ Qty: 5 pack
Size 5/0 ~ 3/16 oz ~ Qty: 5 pack
Size 5/0 ~ 1/4 oz ~ Qty: 5 pack
Size 5/0 ~ 3/8 oz ~ Qty: 5 pack
Rigging example shows Optimum Baits Double Diamond Swimmer
6/0 Mustad 91768BLN Weighted Hook w/Keeper Clip
6/0 hooks from L to R: 1/8, 3/16 and 1/4 oz weights.
Size 6/0 ~ 1/8 oz ~ Qty: 4 pack
Size 6/0 ~ 1/4 oz ~ Qty: 4 pack
Weighted hooks like these originally became important and were
first perfected a few years back for soft plastic toads in order
to churn them across the surface in thick grassy shallows. The
weight imporves castability and keeps the toad from spinning or
Heavy duty 6/0 weighted hook is perfect for gurgling toads
across the top of matted vegetation with braided line.
As the swimbait craze broke loose, these same styles of
weighted wide gap hooks have proven ideal for swimbaits too!
Basstrix Fat Minnow (Paddle Tail) fits perfect with 6/0
weighted Mustad 91768BLN hook.
7/0 Mustad 91768BLN Weighted Hook w/Keeper Clip
Size 7/0 ~ 1/8 oz ~ Qty: 4 pack
Size 7/0 ~ 3/16 oz ~ Qty: 4 pack
Size 7/0 ~ 1/4 oz ~ Qty: 4 pack
Examples of baits that go great with the 7/0 hooks include
Yamamoto's 6" 9L Senko (top) and 10-inch Kut Tail (bottom).
8/0 Mustad 91768BLN Weighted Hook w/Keeper Clip
Size 8/0 ~ 1/8 oz ~ Qty: 4 pack
Size 8/0 ~ 3/16 oz ~ Qty: 4 pack
Size 8/0 ~ 1/4 oz ~ Qty: 4 pack
Examples of baits that go great with the 8/0 hooks include
Yamamoto's 7" 9X Senko (top) and 10-inch Kut Tail (bottom).