Stan Fagerstrom

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March 01, 2013

Gamakatsu Trailer Hook

by Stan Fagerstrom

The bass that came blasting up through the thick pad cover left a hole the size of a washtub.

"Dammit, Stan!" my guide snorted, "that's the third good fish you've missed in the last half hour. "Let's stick a trailer hook on that weedless spoon you're throwing."

I expected there would be some down time while the guide attached the trailer hook he wanted me to use. There wasn't. He had a trailer hook attached to my Johnson Silver Minnow in seconds.

"Now," he said as he handed the rod back to me, "let's see if we can't put one of those suckers in the boat instead of just blowing holes in the pads."

And that's the way it worked out. I nailed the next bass that smashed my spoon. It turned out that the trailer hook was the one that got the job done.

When the fishing was done that day I asked the guide where the heck he had found trailer hooks as easy to attach as the one he'd given me was. "It's one of the new trailer hooks Gamakatsu added to their line at least two years ago," he said. "Those guys are always adding something or other to make fishing easier. You'd be wise to get some of them yourself."

He didn't have to give me that advice. I'd already decided to get them when I saw how easy it was for him to attach one to my lure. I don't think there's ever been a trailer hook available that's as easy to attach as this one is.

These easy to use Gamakatsu trailer hooks are available in both black and red colors and a variety of sizes

Sometimes a trailer hook can make the difference in catching bass or going home skunked. That comment won't come as a surprise to anglers who've spent much time fishing the heavy cover of one kind or another in the best bass water all over the country.

What might come as news, if they've not already heard about it, is how much easier the nation's leading marketer of hooks has made use trailer hooks.

Having trouble hooking the bass that hit? Attaching one of these Gamakatsu trailer hooks to your lure can make an immediate difference

For some reason there are days when the fish are busting our baits but are just hard as heck to hook. You've probably had experiences like that in your own bass fishing.

I recall fishing my home lake once years ago. The lake had lots of lily pad cover. That pad cover was a favorite hangout for the lake's bass. One of my favorite lures for fishing this cover was a Johnson Silver Minnow with a pork frog trailer.

I'm an old guy now but I recall that particular morning like it took place the day before yesterday. Remembering it isn't because I caught a live well full of fish. The opposite is true. I remember it because at least 20 bass blew holes in the pad cover as they tried to get hold of my Silver Minnow.

Some of those bass did get hold of the lure, but the hook didn't get hold of them. I knew darn well a trailer hook would probably help. I didn't, unfortunately, have any with me.

You can bet I've not forgotten that experience. Be assured I'm not about to let it happen to me again. And now the Gamakatsu trailer hooks I'm talking about make rigging a lure with them easier than it has ever been.

I know I don't have to sell experienced bass anglers on Gamakatsu Hooks. As far as I'm concerned hooks just don't come any better and that's been true ever since these sticky-sharp fish-catchers first came on the scene.

Are you aware that Gamakatsu is now marketing a trailer hook that eliminates all that fooling around once associated with putting one of them on certain of your favorite lures? If you aren't you should be.

Note the illustrations that accompany this column. What Gamakatsu has done, you see, is to produce a series of trailer hooks that come with a plastic coating molded right over the hook eye. There's no more screwing around using surgical tubing or whatever else you might have employed in the past to keep a trailer hook in place.
Now you can simply select the size trailer hook of your choice. Once that's done, just run the hook of your lure on up through the plastic coating on the eye of the trailer hook and you're in business.

The last time I checked these new Gamakatsu hooks were being marketed in four sizes. These hooks, their official name is the "Trailer Hook SP, can be had in sizes #1, #1/0, #2/0 and #3/0.
If you're one of those who favor having a flash of red in the stuff you show the bass you're after, the new Gamakatsu trailer hooks also fill the bill in that regard. They are available in either red or black colors.

I was involved in some of the test fishing of Gamakatsu hooks before they were ever brought to market here in the United States. They impressed the heck out of me the first time I used them. They've been doing the same thing ever since. You can get more info on these hooks at

If I don't wind up with bass in the boat when they're striking short now it won't be because I'm not using a trailer hook. The new Gamakatsu Trailer Hooks have a permanent spot in my tackle box.

I used a Gamakatsu trailer hook to nail this nice bass that grabbed my spinnerbait. I had missed several fish that had hit short before I remedied that situation by adding a trailer hook

It's there because I know there will be times, many of them, I'll want one of those hooks riding along behind the spinnerbait, buzzbait or whatever other single hooked lure I'm throwing. I also know that whenever that happens it won't take more than 30 seconds to add a trailer to whatever I'm throwing.

These Gamakatsu trailer hooks are first class time savers. Whenever you save time when you're on the water it usually helps put more fish in the boat. Those new trailer hooks have done that for me. Chances are you good they'll do the same for you.