Strong, Sharp and Effective, the three things you want to hear about your trebles or jigheads and the three characteristics that the Decoy YS-25 and Gamakatsu TWG trebles have in spades. The Decoys in the 14 and the TWGs in the 12s cover 95% of my lure fishing with some notable exceptions. The biggest one and one of the reasons I carry so much gear around with me is to have an ultra light option readily available.
The recent Hobie event on the Georges River certainly highlights the advantages of being a Tackle Junkie. It was very obvious, very quickly that the bream were only nipping at the tails of our lures. I experienced the frustration and could see the anglers around me struggling to get a solid hook up from the tentative fish. After 3 attempts, I knew I had to change it up which led me to my ultra light treble option.
The Owner ST-11 is an exceptionally sharp treble that compromises its strength for a needle like hook point that is incredibly easy to bend out of shape and break. Once I made the change, I turned the disappointment of missing bites into the anxiety of landing fish, as I hoped and prayed that the hooks would be strong enough but I still say, it is better to have hooked and lost, than to never have hooked at all.
I’ve never had a bream straighten a hook but I have had them crush them in their mouths and work their way free. This may be due to the softly, softly approach I tend to use or that I’ve never hooked a rampaging brute that was capable of doing such an act. In saying this, I have mentioned before that these trebles are a one use only or “single serve” option. Extracting the treble from the mouth of a bream can often lead to a missing hook point or a severely bent treble, meaning that I change them after almost every fish.
So, why would I use a treble that is weak, potentially lose me fish and will end up costing me more time and money? It was the only way I could get the bites to stick and subsequently, I didn’t lose a single fish to a broken treble. For me, even if I had lost fish, it would have been about improving my odds of hooking them.
I still believe that this approach, no matter how inefficient or cost effective, allowed me to dial in on a pattern and land the fish. The other option I could have taken was to remove the rear treble and replace it with an assist hook but I’ve found this can impact the action of the lure. I’ve also found them less effective on metal blades, like the Ecogear VX35.