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Use Stinger Hooks For Short-Striking Fish

Use Stinger Hooks For Short-Striking Fish

Buzzbaits and spinnerbaits can be tremendously effective lures. But their single inline hook can also result in missed hook-ups when fish are striking short. You can fool these more tentative hitters by using a stinger hook.

A stinger is a second single hook that’s hooked onto the first one, so the points follow in tandem. In effect, it deepens the original hook’s reach, so fish that nip at the tail of a bait are solidly hooked.

Purpose-built stinger hooks have slightly larger eyes to they easily fit over the barb of the original hook. To keep them from coming off, the eye is usually sealed with a rubbery coating. Other styles use a short piece of surgical tubing for added security. Thread the tubing over the stinger hook’s eye, then impale it and you’re all ready to go.

Buzzbaits and spinnerbaits can be tremendously effective lures. But their single inline hook can also result in missed hook-ups when fish are striking short. You can fool these more tentative hitters by using a stinger hook.

A stinger is a second single hook that’s hooked onto the first one, so the points follow in tandem. In effect, it deepens the original hook’s reach, so fish that nip at the tail of a bait are solidly hooked.

Purpose-built stinger hooks have slightly larger eyes to they easily fit over the barb of the original hook. To keep them from coming off, the eye is usually sealed with a rubbery coating. Other styles use a short piece of surgical tubing for added security. Thread the tubing over the stinger hook’s eye, then impale it and you’re all ready to go.