A number of treble hooks are an ideal instance of the Regulation of Unintended Penalties: Left to their very own gadgets, all of them too usually do what they do finest, which is snag the gills and different weak elements of a fish, impale your fingers, and foul nets and some other close by sort out.
One technique to reduce such collateral injury on hard-bodied plugs is to chop off two factors from every treble hook. This reduces fish mortality, however I’ve discovered that far too many hard-mouthed fish are in a position to throw the remaining hook.
After years of experimentation—on largemouth bass, bluefish, seatrout, snook, tarpon, and extra—I’ve discovered a superior resolution. Take away all of the trebles from the plug, aside from the one on the entrance . Then use a break up ring to exchange the rear hook with a spinnerbait blade (in silver, gold, or vivid pink)  about the identical width because the cross part of the lure. Go away any remaining hook hangers empty. The setup works due to the blade’s particular motion and lifelike flashing. Quite than spin, it flutters and wobbles, thereby growing the motion of the plug, particularly at gradual speeds. Finish end result? Extra fish, much less trouble. Works for me.