Treble hook considerations

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All photos Mark Hicks

Alabama Elite Series angler Kyle Welcher is one of many pros who replace the stock treble hooks that come on crankbaits and jerkbaits. He switches to the same size hook, but the style of the hook varies.

When Welcher casts for smallmouth and spotted bass he employs Gamakatsu G Finesse trebles. These strong, thin-wire trebles features an O’Shaughnessy bend and a Nano Smooth Coat that reduces friction for faster hook penetration.

“Those bass have a meaty mouth,” Welcher said. “That hook usually doesn’t punch all the way through, but it grabs whatever it touches. I don’t lose many fish with it.”