Mustad UltraPoint Double Wide Fine Wire Live Bait Hooks - Model 10548R
This is my go to hook for live bait!
Strap a poor, unsuspecting, leach onto this hook in an 8 or a 6 and you'd think he didn't even notice the hook! It's that fine, but still strong. I haven't straightened one out yet. I would like to catch the 15lb walleye that could do that but she's eluded me so far. I suppose that's what a soft tip and XL6# are for anyway. To protect that light hook.
The super wide gap seems to grab 'em on the way out no matter what. I love these hooks. I have hundreds in 8 to 2 sizes.
December 22, 2010
I agree with all the other reviews about the positive characteristics of this hook. I use it on my walleye crawler harnesses. But I and several friends have been experiencing a problem with the hook breaking at the area just below the barb. We have had over 20 hooks break this year. Some break while fighting the fish and some while removing the hook from the fishes mouth I have written to Mustad concerning this problem but have not recieved a reply yet.
June 28, 2011
Best New Option
If you fish for walleyes and like to tie your own crawler harnneses and spinner rigs, these wide gap hooks are the best thing going, especially when using "plastic" worms and minnows. The extra wide gap is not usually needed with live bait, but if you fish with plastics it is a must!
May 27, 2010
I don't think these hooks go dull...
Mustad has always made really good hooks. I was extremely impressed with these hooks, they are super strong and it seems like they never go dull. Great for craws, minnows, and nightcrawlers.
June 19, 2013