The reward is for an I.G.F.A. all-tackle world record weight, on four different species. They include walleye, largemouth bass, speckled sea-trout, and saltwater striper. Naturally, the fish must be taken on a Daiichi Hook.
Pre-registration is required. Simply scan the QR code with your smart-phone to register . Anglers may also visit http://www.worldrecordhooks.com/home/. Contest rules and a link to the International Game Fish Association are also there. When in the Ft. Lauderdale area, be sure to visit the I.G.F.A. headquarters. It is astounding. Plan to spend at least two hours to take it all in.
Honed from high carbon steel, Daiichi hooks feature needle-sharp points that last. What is “carbon”? Iron is only iron (think old, rusty horseshoes) until you add carbon. More carbon means more strength. This allows a smaller diameter wire. Diameter is the single most important factor in hook penetration. Ask your nurse for the biggest needle when you get your next shot. (You find out very quick that diameter really matters.)
Tempering is another factor in hook quality. Using two towels or gloves carefully bend the point and the shank. A little flex is good. That is tempering at work. We test hooks from every shipment. Pliers are the tool of choice to test small hooks. Large hooks require testing on a reverse press. If a hook straightens easily, it is probably under tempered. If a hook breaks under pressure before 75-degrees, it is likely to be over tempered.
While these inspections are redundant, it is an investment in fishing confidence.
Good luck! -TJ