After a fairly hectic start to the tournament season, my boat, rods and reels are due for some love but one thing that I haven’t overlooked are my lures. Trebles are something that I tend to be very diligent with, I make a habit of changing the trebles of every lure I use after every session. Sure it can get expensive but the possible outcome of less than optimum trebles can cost fish and it’s not like we fish because it’s a good and cost effective hobby.
I picked up this habit after spending some time with plenty of hardbody junkies. There is plenty of justification for changing them so regularly, mainly it is a corrosion and the dulled hook points and weakened state that can follow from corrosion but dulled hooks can be caused by snags, rocks and fish after a long session. Not leaving anything to chance, for that reason I change my trebles.
Storage is another factor that can weaken hook points, especially if you aren’t using treble covers. Using treble covers prevents a lot of the bumping and scraping that happens in tackle storage and the added advantage is that lures don’t tangle and are much more accessible.
One thing that is an advantage for me is that I am forced to change the trebles that are often supplied with small bream lures with either Decoy YS-25s, Gamakatsu TWGs or even the Owner ST-11s. I prefer these trebles for different reasons, whether it be a wider gape, stronger treble, sharper hook point or better penetration, they each have their distinct advantage over the commonly used Owner ST-36.
Something I have seen in the past and stress not to overlook is the use of corroded, bent or broken trebles. Don’t straighten bent trebles or continue using broken trebles, all it will take is that missed hit or straightened or broken hook on a once in a lifetime fish to realise the impact of laziness.