Back to black
I started using black nickel hooks five years ago, when fishing a clear reservoir for roach with baits such as hemp, tares and casters. The water was quite deep, and after feeding a swim for a while, the fish would move up in the water, the only trouble being that bites on hemp and tares were lightning fast, making them hard to connect with.
I was using fine wire bronze hooks at the time, and something made me change to a black pattern. The result was quite amazing. Even with suspended baits in gin-clear water, the roach were suddenly giving far more positive bites on both hemp and tares. Possibly this was because the black hooks were slightly duller than the shiny bronze ones I’d been using, or maybe it was the colour being closer to the bait. This got me using black hooks on the same water for the skimmers, when feeder fishing or using a long pole with baits such as casters, maggots, worms and pellets, fished hard on the bottom. Again, my results improved dramatically. So, don’t ignore black!
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NGT PVA SESSION PACK
A stunning, four-piece, 9 ft rod that is easily stored in the boot of a car. It is perfect for targeting a variety of coarse and sea species, from specimen carp to mackerel. It has a casting weight of 20 to 50 gr, and comes complete with a cloth bag.