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.

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