Charlie Brewer's Slider Heads - Spider
Dont let this little light wire hook fool you. Caught Larry's over five pounds with it and use the 1/16th hook constantly. Granted you need to play them to the boat but well worth the time it takes when you lip a beauty!
December 16, 2010
Setting the record straight
I just want to set the record straight for anyone scared off by Jig4Bass's negative review. I personally fish with these and love them for their intended use.
The original slider heads were not designed to be fished on "normal" bass tackle. Lots of people all over the web, make strongly worded arguments against the light wire slider hooks because they "straighten out on big fish." This is an affront to Charlie's legacy. These heads were/are designed to be fished on 4 and 6 lb. monofilament (which stretches) on L action rods, which cushion the light line and light wire hook. The wire is thin to allow hooksets through plastic with those light monofilament lines.
Of course these hooks straighten out on a 6'6" M action rod with 8 or 10 lb. test and a 5 lber on the line. The rod, line, knot, hook is a chain. The lightest link will break first. If you were fishing for kingfish with 60 lb. braid, a 3X circle hook, and a M action bass rod, the rod would break because it is not designed to do that. It is the weakest link. The redesigned heavy hook sliders were made to accomodate people who were fishing slider techniques on heavier tackle, but you can see MANY photos on the web of Brewer or Brewer Jr. or Ray Scott with fish way over 5 lbs. caught on the original slider heads, fished properly with L action rods and light line. In fact, Scott held the 4lb. line class record for bass at one time, caught on one of these heads and it weighed over 7 pounds.
You're going to lose some fish to line breakage even with proper light slider tackle, but in that case, the line is the weak link, not the hook (or the angler is, you choose), and that's how its designed to be. As Brewer said in his video and book-- "It's sporting tackle, not horsing tackle." I personally enjoy the fun of very light tackle bass fishing, and have caught some big fish doing it. I've also lost some big fish, but that's part of what makes it fun-- its a challenge.
P.S. Also, the BPS Crappie Maxx rod in 6'6" L makes a great rod for this technique.
August 6, 2012
Charlie Brewer's Sliders
These 2/0 Slider Heads Texas rigged are perfect for weedless finesse fishing. They really work well. Charlie Brewer says "Do Nothing", I say you can use these "shakey", too. Also, they're not only for Brewer's worms. I've used them with 6" Creme Scoundrels and other worms and they work very well. Highly recommended!
November 26, 2014
There is no substitute
I have been using the Charlie Brewer Slider Head jig hook of over 8 years. It is the only light wire hook that I have found that allows a true weedless presentation. The offset notch is the key. I buy the 1/16 oz. for finesse worms in standing water and 1/8 oz for tubes in the river. The only problem is landing a truly large fish requires some skill avoiding straightening out the hook. Charlie does make a heavier hook version, but it is too heavy for finesse presentation. Try these hooks, you will learn to depend on them.
July 27, 2010