Carpworld - - RIGWORLD - Nash Pin­point Claw Hook RRP: £4.99 On­line: www.nash­

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

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