Gamakatsu Assist Hooks Reduce Mortality, Increase Landings

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Gamakatsu Assist Hooks Reduce Mortality, Increase Landings

Replacing the treble hooks on your favorite plug with Gamakatsu’s Assist hooks reduces mortality and increases the odds you’ll get that fish boat side for a safe release.

Conservation-minded anglers have been swapping out trebles for single hooks on plugs for years now. Having a single hook point instead of three has obvious benefits for the fish and the angler. The single hook on Gamakatsu’s Assist 550 finds its way into the corner of a fish’s mouth, thanks to the short PE leader. Limiting the number of hook points that get buried in fish leads to faster releases with less damage. There’s also less of a chance your finger will find a hook point when releasing a fish.

The new Assist 550 Short provides the brawn needed to land pelagic gamefish on lures typically reserved for inshore species. Unlike the long metal shanks on treble hooks, the flexible leader doesn’t act like a lever to give fish a mechanical advantage that can defeat even the stoutest hook hangers. You can replace light-wire trebles with the heavier duty Assist 550 Short and retain the action that makes your favorite plug so effective.

Using the Assist 550 Short in place of trebles on walk-the-dog style surface plugs can enhance their action. With less metal dangling in the water, acting like a keel, the side-to-side action is enhanced.

Rig your plugs with Gamakatsu’s new 550 Assist Short for healthier releases, improved strength and better action.

Assist 550 Short Features:
  • Single hook replaces factory trebles on plugs and lures
  • Rigged with 110 pound test polyethylene braided line
  • Welded ring makes rigging easy
  • Leader Length: ⅛ inch
  • Sizes: 1, 1/0, 2/0
  • Color: Tin
  • Qty/Pack: 2
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