Mustad Long Red Hook
A new long-shanked beak hook has been added to the Australian/New Zealand Mustad Ultra Point hook range.
The Mustad Long Red (ref 92261NPNR) is a heavy duty bait fishing hook for serious saltwater fishing. But its chemically sharpened Ultra Point gives it exceptional hooking power for a beefy hook. This, plus its extended shank for big baits, makes it a 'special' for offshore reef fishing for snapper, morwong, mulloway and many others.
Long Red also has a big eye. That makes it easier to tie on heavy traces. It also enables the Long Red to be formed into gangs, trailer hooks, stingers and linked hook arrangements, when used in conjunction with vinyl tubing.
The Mustad Long Red is available in sizes 7/0 to 1/0
A 'big eye' long shanked beak hook for medium-heavy saltwater natural bait fishing, and as a single hook on lures. Large ring.
The Mustad Long Red is another heavy-ish bait hook, a bit like a stretch version of the Big Red with a straight eye if you can imagine that. That’s nothing terribly radical, except that it has an exceptionally large ring and that allows two things;
• A heavy trace or doubled-up dropper can be fitted more easily through it.
• It can be used in the making of vinyl gangs — ganged or linked hooks which use vinyl tubing and sidestep the open eye system.
It is the same system that has been used to create trailer hooks (stingers) on spinnerbaits and jigs. Place a sleeve of vinyl tube over the large eye then push the barb of the next hook through it. And that’s it – a strong and secure attachment. Apply it to the ganged hook system and you can make a 3 or 4 hook gang just as easily.
The Long Red (ref 92261NPBLN) is the right shank length, shape and size to create a classic tailor gang to hold a whole pilchard. With a fairly heavily offset (reversed) point it resembles the traditional Kirby-style ganged hook – except that it’s about a thousand per cent sharper and stronger!
Vinyl gangs maintain the full strength of the eye, as there is no wire bending involved. The vinyl sleeve stiffens the gang and opinions might vary whether that is a good thing, but it does seem to keep the pilchard on track better and keep it intact longer. And the hookup rate seems fine.
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