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.


Using sharp hooks is a key to success; quality models like those from Mustad, Gamakatsu, Eagle Claw, and VMC are a must-have.

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!!!

Written by: Lenny Rudow
With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, Lenny Rudow has contributed to publications including YachtWorld, boats.com, Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design, and he has won numerous BWI and OWAA writing awards.