Bass Pro Shops XPS Hook Keeper Springs
Wire is too heavy and the end which goes into the bait first needs to be smaller and tapered to larger as it goes toward the hook.
February 20, 2015
Corkscrew for soft plastic
I am NOT a fan of the coil type keepers. While they do hold soft plastic well , they also can be difficult to insert and do too much damage to the bait after a strike if they pull free.
BPS has an excellent swimbait hook (weight near bend of hook), but they use this keeper with it. I have replaced it with the following which keeps well enough without tearing up the bait.
I use a small piece of 18 gauge copper wire which I put through the hook eye to form a "V" with the opening facing the hook point. Then, I bend one part of the "V" around the other, adding a few twists to make a "pin" about 5/8" in length.
Sometimes the "pin" will pull free from the bait during hook set, but the hook stays firmly in place just like it was a straight shank and doesn't rip up the bait.
November 17, 2010
Bass Pro Keeper
I was trying to use something instead of a worm hook on smaller softbaits. Used on a 2/0 bait hook with the shaft bent at a 45 degree angle at the first barb. Then bend the point in some to line up with the keeper.This setup will make your smaller softbaits last much longer without the hassle of your lure sliding down your wormhook after 2 or 3 casts. For me it's just alot easier. The idea is to have fun, not mess with your lure all day!
July 17, 2014
I have tried most of the keeper springs on the market, and found the XPS keeper to hold the best of all. The downside is the size. When entering the spring into the nose of the bait, be very careful not to be off center, and screw it in all the way. It will work best on larger baits since the spring is wider at the end that enters the bait first and may exit the side of a smaller swimbait, fluke, or Senko type bait, making the holding power much less effective.
July 30, 2010