What is the anatomy of a winning circle hook?

A lot of thought goes into Daiichi Hooks. For those of you that think, “A hook is a hook”, please read on.

 The wire is the foundation of the hook. Low carbon steel may as well be just iron. The higher the carbon rating, the stronger the steel will be. Higher carbon steel allows us to use a lighter wire. Lighter (smaller diameter) wire will penetrate faster.

Tempering is a science that adds rigidity to the wire. Too much and you have a brittle hook. A hook that is under tempered will open easily. Feel free to test the tempering of a Daiichi hook with a towel in each hand. (Carefully) Gently pull the eye one direction while pulling the point the opposite direction. That “flex” you feel is the result of tempering.

 The final design is nearly important as these aforementioned factors. The one we are most proud of is the Daiichi Circle Chunk Light®.

A. We start the bend here so the point is straighter than the ancient circle hook designs. This means faster penetration. (Imagine getting a shot with a bent needle.) 

Daiichi Circle Chunk Light Tournament Hook

B.  You see a fine, needlepoint that will penetrate in hurry. Again, it does not have that typical 90-degree bend in the point like those antique circle hooks.

C. Note the smaller barb that still holds the bait on while allowing faster penetration.

 We cannot forget The Bleeding Bait finish. It is hard to miss fish when they strike at the hook. It is earth friendly and wears during use.

The result? We have lost count the number of Tarpon, Catfish and Sailfish tournaments this hook has won. Sales have exceeded production for seven years in a row now. We cannot rush this kind of quality though. I hope you get your share before we run out again. 

Blessings, -TJ   


About TJ Stallings

45-year tackle industry veteran Marketing and Crazy Ideas at TTI-Blakemore Fishing Group (Home of Road Runner Lures and six hook brands including Tru-Turn, Daiichi, XPoint, Team Catfish, Mr. Crappie and StandOUT Hooks.) Home of Gun Protect. The opinions expressed in this blog are those of TJ Stallings and not necessarily those of TTI-Blakemore.
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