Trapper Tackle adds to award-winning portfolio
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Trapper Tackle, which won the best terminal tackle award at last year’s ICAST, is hoping to achieve a similar impact when it launches the Trapper Treble at this week’s Bassmaster Classic Expo.
The hook’s unveiling at the Houston, Texas, show will be its first introduction on the world stage, and is expected to further boost the reputation of a company that has fundamentally changed hook design.
Trapper has replaced the traditional J-shaped curve with a box-shaped ‘trap’ designed to keep more fish on the hook. The new shape overcomes problems of keeping soft plastics in place and avoiding fish coming off, says the manufacturer.
“As a bass angler, I conceived the trap to lock my worms, beavers and hawgs in place,” said inventor, Larry Davidson. “The design also works incredibly well for all kinds of freshwater and saltwater species.
“It’s amazing to be able to make cast after cast without adjusting the bait.”
Bassmaster Elite Series angler, Vince Hurtado, is among those impressed by the hook’s performance. “It became clear to me that the reason fish slip off traditional hooks is because a curve is nothing more than a bent straight line,” he says.
“When fish fight they twist and pivot. The only thing really holding them on is the barb and tension on the line. It’s not so hard for a fish to escape if you make a mistake.
“Trapper hooks have two right angles and two vertical shafts that make it very difficult for fish to get off. Every angler I talk to who fishes these hooks says they improve the strike-to-land ratio.”
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