The unique pattern Nash Tackle (in collaboration with top German carp angler Marc Voosen, who is behind the new Pinpoint brand) has chosen for the Claw hook is certainly different to those we’ve seen supplied for some time. I contacted Marc to find out what inspired the development of the new pattern and what type of rigs, and/or uses, he and Nash Tackle had in mind for a carp hook with such a radical shape. This is what Marc had to say: “The Claw was born when I visited our hook manufacturer and they put me onto the special shape in the bend. What that bend does, is it compresses all the flesh in one area (the bottom edge). Imagine you are holding a piece of paper and nick a hook into it. If you pull, the hook will easily cut through the paper. If you go ahead and fold the same sheet of paper once or twice and nick the same hook in, you will feel that it takes a lot more pulling pressure before the hook starts to cut through. The same happens inside a fish’s mouth. These hooks give better hook holds which result in more fish on the bank and less damage to the fish’s mouth. Both are themselves reasons enough to give them a go in my eyes. In general, if you take the funny kink in the bend away, you are still dealing with nothing
else than a wide gape style hook. So it is useable for all your favourite bottom bait presentations. That said, since testing the first few samples, it is my secret weapon on a Ronnie rig. The way it sits on the bottom, you will always find the small ring swivel sitting perfectly in that kink, covering the hook perfectly from a fish’s view. I fished big size 4 hooks under small 15mm pop-ups and had great results.”
My thanks go to Marc for that insight and his guide on the type of rigs that will suit the Claw pattern. My initial thought is the pattern lends itself from a convenience point of view to two hooking arrangements in particular, purely because of the angles the design has created. The first is the Blowback rig. If you look at the photograph you can see how the Hair ring can be positioned so that it sits neatly into the V at the bottom of the bend, the second is the Multi-rig pop-up presentation where the full D meets the first point of angle at the start of the bend. Neither of those convenient resting points is essential to the rigs efficiency, but they make a neat fit for those two hookbait presentations. Having said that the Blowback rig presentation does react well with the Hair ring set in the V, and it does grab hold quickly when
pulled over skin, despite the slightly beaked hook point. But what I really like about the Claw is its wide gape which, combined with the long pin point sharpness of the beaked hookpoint, will, as Marc predicts, penetrate and increase its grip with ease. I also like the short shank which combined with the wide gape should suit boilee and particle bottom bait hook turning rigs very well.
Apart from the guide offered by the manufacturer, the Claw pattern has to some degree combined the best of two previous hooks in the popular Nash Fang range, the Fang Gaper and the Fang Uni, both of which feature a short shank, beaked point and a wide to extra wide gape. Both of those were known for their extra strength, but now thanks to Marc’s involvement, new technology and a manufacturing process that uses Carbide 617 carbon steel alloy, not just the Claw but all of the existing Fang hooks are lighter and 50% stronger. I’m a big fan of the Fang X and have been for a long time, so the upgrade in strength and performance is great news. All of the new Pinpoint range are sharper straight out of the packet, and that’s because Marc’s own company has pioneered a machine that can produce a manufactured hookpoint that is as close as you can get to a professionally handsharpened hookpoint, and he should know because he is widely acknowledged as a hook sharpening expert! Used hooks can be re-sharpened by hand of course and, as part of the Voosen/nash collaboration, Marc has introduced a superb precision hook sharpening kit to the Nash range.
If you haven’t had a chance yet to take a close look at the new Pinpoint Fang hooks, my advice is make a beeline for them when you next visit a tackle shop because, I think, like me, you’ll be impressed.
The Claw comes micro barbed in sizes 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 2 and 1, barbless in size 10, 8, 7, 6, 5 and 4 – so there’s plenty of scope there whether you are fishing in the UK or abroad. There is also the new lighter gauge Claw Flota hook to look out for, if, like me, you’re hoping to tempt a carp or three with surface bait during the rest of the summer.
The radical new hook pattern from the Nash camp. Will it prove to be a favourite? I think so
Two of the rigs I think will benefit from the Claw pattern, for no other reason than I think the angles accommodate the presentation