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How to Fish For Bass Like a Pro: Match the Right Hooks to Your Soft Plastics

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March 06, 2013
How to Fish For Bass Like a Pro: Match the Right Hooks to Your Soft Plastics - 1

Using the right hook will help your bait run naturally, get you more hook-ups, and save you some cash. Professional bass fisherman Kevin VanDam is absolutely obsessive over the types of hooks he uses.

For bulky soft plastics, KVD recommends a hook with a wider gap and a built-in keeper or barb on the shaft. The keeper allows you to use extra-soft baits but not loose them every time a fish hits.

For finesse baits, select a thinner wire hook that won't be as obtrusive. And most importantly, always make sure you're fishing with a sharp hook.

More bass fishing tips from Kevin VanDam
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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 6 weeks ago

I use those SK Rodents and they are a great bait. I don't know how much a keeper hook will prevent them from being torn up. They are a really soft bait. Smaller fish grab the ends of them and yank them down my EWG hook and also tear off the claws.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 6 weeks ago

I use those SK Rodents and they are a great bait. I don't know how much a keeper hook will prevent them from being torn up. They are a really soft bait. Smaller fish grab the ends of them and yank them down my EWG hook and also tear off the claws.

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