September 5, 2010

Take a Good Look: The Ribbit Double-Take Hook

Since moving to Florida, the frog has become one of my go-to baits. I use the hollow versions like the Snag Proof lineup as well as the soft plastic "toad" style. After using every brand out there, the Stanley Ribbit has become my favorite. They all work, I have just become a big fan of the cool kicking action from the paddle type tails. One of the biggest drawbacks in frog fishing is the missed fish. No matter who you are, you are going to miss some fish on the frog. It just comes with the territory. But you can do something about it.

A few companies have come out with a great idea to increase hookups on frog fish; the double hook. Two is always better than one, especially when it comes to hooks. I have been using the Stanley Ribbit Double Take hook recently and love it. It fits the Ribbit perfectly and has definitely increased my hook up ratio. It comes in both weighted and un-weighted 5/0 or 6/0 long shanked hooks. The weighted version has a cool keel that keeps the bait upright and casts a mile, Stanley calls it the Wedgehead design and even has this system patented. The unweighted also has some advantages as it creates a slower fall, if you miss a fish. As you can see in the picture, the hooks usually bury the fish right square in the top of the mouth. The perfect situation when you are about to land a fish.
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