Bass Pro Shops XPS Straight Shank Round Bend Hook
Great hook for big strong fish.
I love this hook for bait fishing for big Lake Trout. Using a heavy duty leader, I thread the leader through the eye of an 8 to 10 inch frozen sucker and cast it out to a shallow flat or ridge right after iceout and wait for action. The hook is sharp enough to easily penetrate the tough mouth of a big laker and strong enough to not straighten. I put a lot of pressure on big lakers using 50 lb test line. I usually release the big ones and since the hook is not stainless, I can simply cut the leader and release the big fish to fight again since I know the hook will quickly dissolve in the fish.
August 23, 2014
for 25 of these great hooks at $5.00 & change this is the hook for me. i buy my own shrink tubing at any auto store and make my own lure keeper's. i realize there are factory hooks that come with the lure keeper's already on the hook, but at this price i choose to make my own. plus, it gives me something to do while i check every hook in the pack. i don't fish for a living so i don't need the pricey hook's from japan. i spend my money on GAS & oil for my truck and boat. i give these hooks 5 stars for good reason, thier good hooks! one pack of shrink tubing will work for a whole lot of hooks---
May 8, 2010
Best Value in Hooks!
I recently went back to the straight shank round bend hooks for some of my plastic worm fishing. I find these XPS round bend hooks to be ultra sharp and really strong. The gap on these hooks are really big which is really nice for rigging thicker baits like senkos and creature baits. The wide gap along with the straight shank design also lets you set the hook as hard as you want and be confident that the hook will find it's mark. You simply won't find a better value in round bend straight shank hooks for bass fishing. Bass Pro Shops got it right this time!
September 22, 2010
To the Point
This is a strong and sharp hook. I bought the 4/0 & 5/0 size and use it mostly to rig the BPS Beaver Bug. I don't find I need a TroKar style hook with collar to keep the beaver in place. The collar just tears up a bait more than anything else.
This hook could also be used for worming and most other soft plastics where you would rather use a straight shank than a "J" type hook, even frogs that are flater, or live bait if you go that route occasionally.
On sale at 99 cents, they were a steal, but still a good buy when not on sale.
October 2, 2010