Gamakatsu “Ultimate” Tanago Hooks Review
by Levi Cain
Brook Darter male
Even though the Gamakatsu “Ultimate” hooks are small, they are highly effective at catching those tiny hard to hook micros, particularly those micros that are around 2.5” or less in total length. Now when it comes to larger sized micros that are over 4” in total length. It is best to go with the Owner Tanago hooks. Using Gamakatsu hooks for large micros, there will be more fish lost then actually landed.
Personally when I use the “Ultimate” hooks, I cute off the black tread that is already snelled onto the hooks and I retie either clear mono or fluorocarbon tippet on instead. I find it helps reduce the amount of unnaturalness my bait has when placing the bait right on the nose of a micro.
Near the end of April I used the “Ultimate” hooks on a tributary on the Black River system in Missouri to catch several Brook Darters. These darters are similar to the Orangethroat Darter but are only found in the Black river system in Missouri (USA). I had no problem with setting the hook on these little guys and within no time at all I had landed about 5 to 6 males and females. Within that same body of water I was also able to catch a Starhead Topminnow and several Blackspotted Topminnows with little issues of setting the hook.
Overall (PERSONAL OPINION) the Gamakatsu is the ideal hook to use for micros 2.5” or less. While the Owner Tanago hooks are ideal for 2.5” to 6” micros.
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