Which fishing hook is the world's sharpest? The answer is really, really simple and has nothing, actually, to do with brand: a new one.
Today’s high-end hooks (I’m talking about the ones that cost $5 for a pack of two, not the ones that are $2 for a pack of five) are chemically and/or laser-sharpened. All of the top-shelf models from quality brands like Mustad, Gamakatsu, Eagle Claw, and VMC, come out of the package so sharp you’ll start bleeding if you look at them wrong.
Unfortunately, within a couple of uses that razor-sharp hook point dulls down. And here’s the catch (pun intended). No matter how hard you try to re-sharpen the hook with a stone or a file, you’ll never, ever manage to attain the same level of sharpness that hook had when it first came out of the package. The solution? Throw it away and tie on a new one. If you want to out-catch the rest of the crowd and fish with the sharpest hooks in the world, you’ll worry a lot less about the hook’s brand, and a lot more about the hook’s age.
Here are a few other things we anglers tend to hang onto for way too long.
* Monofilament fishing line. Mono degrades with age and exposure to sunlight, and after a couple of seasons, 20 pound test is more like 17 pound test. It should be stripped and re-spooled each and every spring, if you want to be a high-liner.
* Any previously frozen bait. You wouldn’t defrost a fillet of fish, then freeze it again, then defrost it a second time, and expect it to be very good, would you? Of course not – and the fish don’t like previously frozen food, either. After freezing and thawing any bait once, either use it or throw it away.
*Rigged offshore lures, like spreader bars and daisy chains. We tend to rig these once, then forget about them. Ten years later, we wonder why the hook-bait broke off, a crimp pulled, or the leader became so kinked-up. Every few seasons, these rigs need to be disassembled, re-crimped, and revitalized.
Now, get out there, and start throwing stuff away!!!