These come ten in a packet approximately 2cm long and can be used to make just about any hook into a hitchhiker hook for weedless / LRF fishing with soft baits. You can see in the picture below we have rigged up a number of hooks to show how useful these are. They are ideally suited to crank necked hooks but with the edition of a couple of split rings as you can see from the picture below you can setup anything from a texas rigging hook to a plain old jellyworm hook. These are an absolute must for your bits and rigs box.
A number of you have asked how to use the Hitchhiker hooks so we have made a few pictures of the process which you will hopefully find informative.
Firstly screw the Hitchhiker part into the nose of your chosen soft bait and finish up with the hook facing down as in Picture 1.
While in this position mark the underside of the bend of the hook with a permanent felt pen. We would reccommend either a Sharpie or a Bic Permanent, both are alcohol based and will actually adhere to the soft bait so they can be seen.
Swing the hook through 90 degrees as in Picture 2, place in the right position so that the barb would sit just along the back of your chosen soft bait then press down hard. This will leave a perfect mark on the side of the soft bait as in Picture 3 showing the ideal path for the hook. Take the shank and the start of the bend between thumb and finger of one hand and thread the soft bait round the hook following as closely as possible the felt pen mark.
With a little bit of practise this procedure will get easier and easier and eventually you will find you can thread these on without the use of a felt pen.
When fully rigged put one drop, not more, of Loctite superglue or Superglue 3 on the nose of the soft bait which will help to support the rig.
Surecatch Worm Hooks
: These hooks get called all sorts of things around the world; some people call them hitchhikers, some call them screwin jigs or screwin hooks. However you refer to them these are a brilliant idea first brought to our attention in 2011 by the guys from Reaction Strike. The hooks on offer here are made for Surecatch in Japan. We have them in various weighted forms and unweighted forms in 4 sizes and we can even make you up a pack of one of each size so you can try them out to see if you get on with them.
The screwin part / hitchhiker is 316 stainless and these particular Japanese hooks are certainly the thinnest and claim to be the sharpest on the market. The weightless hooks can of course be used in combination with our snapon jigheads, drilled bullet jigheads and spiral leads, all of which can be fitted at various distances in front of the hook to impart different actions.
You can fish just about anything on these hooks, be it a jellyworm, a shad, a frog, a muppet or even fresh bait. You can screw the lock / hitchhiker into a piece of squid, cuttle or even into a small dead fishes skull and anything you mount on these hooks will fish weedless once properly mounted, see mounting instructions below.
Items on this page:
Owner Flashy Swimmer
is a weighted "hitch hiker" hook with a trailing blade underneath. The blade is easily removable & could be replaced with an assist hook or a stinger, should you wish to do so. These are clearly aimed at larger predators as they go on up to 12/0.
We have used them for Bass & Pollock here in Devon & they have proved invaluable on otherwise difficult sessions, on more than one occasion "saving the day"
They all come packed in two's & are priced according to size.