Last time I described the Wide Gape [link] hook with a short shank and wide bend. This time I want to talk about a decidedly different product. The Long Shank has a ring that’s angled to the inside, a narrow bend and, of course, a long shank.
This type of hook is usually used to present floating or well-balanced lures. They are perfect for making incredibly effective leaders for fisheries where the fish have some experience and tend not to swallow deeply. The most popular choice is the incredibly effective “D”-Rig, in which the lure moves on a D-shaped loop attached to the shank of the hook. This presentation ensures that the fish will swallow quickly and the lure will be hard to spit out. These leaders are often used for grass carp, which naturally tend not to eat as greedily as regular carp.
The Territory Long Shank will prove just as effective as part of a leader in which the lure moves freely on an axis on the shank of the hook. Because the hair is rigged with a small ring, when the fish bites the hook is right under the lure, which ensures it will go down deeper. This should make it easier to set the hook successfully, especially in fisheries with many anglers. In the second phase, as the fish is trying to get rid of the lure, the lure moves toward the ring of the hook and the hook itself falls onto the carp’s lower lip. Again, this makes the fish suck in the hook and it becomes impossible to spit out.
Finally, there is one more leader that works very well with a Long Shank hook. This time it has a swivel with a ring and a catch, secured with a thermo tube. This type of leader has recently become very popular due to its incredible effectiveness. The lure is mounted with a ringed hair on the shank or, using a silicone ring, on the bend of the hook. Both ways work equally well. The swivel acts as a joint and positions the point towards the carp’s lower lip, which guarantees the hook will set correctly and the haul will be secure.
I told you about three leaders you can make using Mikado Long Shank hooks. Each one has earned me many beautiful fish. This doesn’t mean you have to stick to just those three. These hooks can work just as well in other combinations. Of course, there are many other factors that make a successful fishing trip - reliable accessories, for one. Hooks are one of the smallest parts of fishing equipment but you should get the best quality hooks you can. If you choose Long Shank you can be sure that your hook won’t let you down in the most crucial moment.
Mikado Fishing Team