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KVD's a hook freak

10:43 am CDT, Apr 6, 2014 | By Jim Sexton

Kevin VanDam has taken a brief timeout from fishing to change out his hooks. He's sitting down in his boat for this little operation.

 

After catching a bunch of fish today, approximately a dozen, and dragging his lures through a lot of wood, it appears Kevin believes it's time for sharper hooks.

 

Darren Jacobson, who has photographed KVD fishing many times, calls him a "hook freak."

 

In case you're wondering, Kevin is using Mustad Ultrapoint KVD Triple Grip Treble Hooks.

 

I find myself wondering, why not just put on a new lure? Kevin can certainly afford that.  Well the answer is once you find a jerk bait that's working you don't want to put it down. There may be a tiny difference in the same jerk bait from the same manufacturer. And sometimes it's a confidence thing. Once an angler has confidence in a lure, he doesn't want to put it down. Better to put on new, sharper hooks. On day 4 in a Bassmaster Elite Series tournament that attention to detail could be the difference between winning and losing. 

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