Adding a trailer hook will sometimes help catch short-striking fish, but Bolton is selective about where he uses one.
“About the only time I’ll use a trailer hook is when I’m burning a spinnerbait in really clean water for smallmouths or spots,” he says. “I’ll never use one around shallow cover or in a dirty-water situation. A spinnerbait catches good-quality fish. I’m of the opinion that if you get it around the right kind of fish, you aren’t going to need a trailer hook to catch it.”