Hookhider IM8 Pro
Series (147C) Specifications
About Hookhider: Hookhider is a fast growing manufacturer
that produces high quality custom fishing rods that utilize their patented
fishing rod grip design to keep lure hooks from getting tangled with other
objects when not in use. Hookhider was founded in 1998 in Gainesville,
Missouri and is led by CEO Bob Bushner. Hookhider's rapid growth has been
phenomenal and this year they added 5 more new fishing rods that feature their Hookhider grip to strengthen their position in the fishing rod
Impressions: When we first looked at the Hookhider IM8 Pro
Series 147C casting rod we noticed something right away. The handle has
Hookhider's revolutionary patented grip attached to it. Does it look
weird, funny, out of place, uncomfortable, or in anyway decrease fishing
performance? Nope! We held it in our hands for a while and it felt
like any other fishing rod grip, except the exciting Hookhider grip provides an
ADDED VALUE to the quality fishing rod. The grip allows you to hide the
hooks of your lure inside the tube which is a great idea especially if you hate
snags when your rods are rigged and not in use.
the revolutionary Hookhider grip... a truly inventive product that adds value to
any fishing rod
Complete Rig for
Pro Series (147C)
||Hookhider IM8 Pro Series (147C)|
||Quantum Energy PT (E600PT)|
The next glance at the nice looking Matte Green 147C brought our
attention to the guides. No, they are not what everyone else uses.
This Hookhider IM8 Pro Series rod uses 7 Pacific Bay's high quality Titanium
Oxide rings. These rings are diamond polished to a smoother surface and
are harder than the aluminum oxide guides. These guides are strong,
durable, and have been used by Hookhider and other manufacturers for many years
with great success.
One thing I did notice is the exposed reel seat. The cut-out to
expose the blank is not perfectly smooth and has some rough edges. The edge in the
ellipse is not smooth, but since I have only seen one of the Hookhider IM8 Pro
Series 147C rods I can't conclude that all their rods are like that. This
will definitely not decrease the rod's performance in anyway.
Hookhider's Revolutionary Grip: This new revolutionary grip design
features a slotted tubular section located at the butt of the rod. The
handle is constructed with a glass-filled nylon to keep it light without
sacrificing durability. This inventive grip design allows anglers to
conveniently rig up and store the hooks of the lures when they are not in use to
prevent something all anglers dislike... the hassle of unhooking snagged lures
on marine carpet, other lures, fishing line, their pets, kids, and much
slotted-tubular Hookhider grip designed to "fit"
All Hookhider rods employ this exciting grip, but they also manufacture
and sell conversion grip kits. This conversion kit allows anyone to
transform any straight handled blank-through fishing rod to utilize the
Hookhider's patented grip concept. All grips have inlaid Portuguese cork
for maximum comfort.
The Test Plan: Whenever any new product (car, boat,
electronics, etc.) is introduced to the market people are always wary of it's
performance, durability, and many other factors that might prevent them from
trying that item. This thought might be in your head just about now about
the Hookhider IM8 Pro Series 147C baitcast rod. Thus I will break down my
testing into two different sections. Section I will be testing the
IM8 147C as a whole to see how well this rod performs compared to anything else
on the market. Section II will consist of tests on the Hookhider
patented grip design - how it performs, it's durability, if it effects the
fishing rod in any way, and more.
Section I: The Rod
Hookhider's IM8 Pro Series 147C casting rod is made of a unique
combination of materials that focus on four major factors: durability, strength,
flexibility, and sensitivity. I paired the Hookhider up with the
Quantum Energy PT and ventured into 7 full days of pre-spawn Bassin' plus lab
tests. After multi-day use and just holding the rod in my hands for
extended long period of time the rod felt comfortable. The rod and reel
combo, along with a 1/2 ounce spinnerbait at the end of the line gave this rod a
good weight balance. Having a balanced feel while grasping the rod is very
important especially in the overall comfort. In addition the grip uses
quality cork from Portugal and the lightweight IM8 graphite construction.
Casting & Accuracy: The Hookhider rod makes
casting simple. This is due to it's flexible design. Cast cast
cast... it does not take much effort. Just let the rod do all the work for
you. The rod has a strong butt, but really flexible. I noticed how
the rod bends when landing fish and during lab tests. The rod flexes a
little above the mid-point of the rod. With the flexibility in the IM8 Pro
Series 147C rod I am able to cast further than normal.
Accuracy is very important when fishing, especially around
structure. Even though this Hookhider fishing rod is flexible it didn't
cause any decrease in accuracy. I was able to hit my targets everytime and
the flexibility assisted me in pitching and hitting the right spots.
Sensitivity: IM8 graphite
as many might know is a high modulus graphite that increases sensitivity and
decreases the weight. Hookhider 147C exhibits these characteristics, and
with other design factors such as the reel seat that exposes the blank to
increase the sensitivity to one's hand. How did the Hookhider do in our
lab tests? First the telegraph test. We spoke in different levels
and was able to sense all the levels of speech. Okay, some might think
this test is not in a controlled environment. I will perform my next test
in our lab that is controlled. With our test device I am able to increase
the level of vibration in decibels and the frequency of the hits sent to the rod
tip. By doing this I am able to collect data and compare this to other
rods that went through the exact same tests. So how did Hookhider's IM8 do
compared to Brand X, Y, and Z in this test? I have side by side graphs,
plots, and data to show that the Hookhider 147C is nearly as sensitive as some
of the premium rods.
During days out fishing I was also able
to test if I can feel fish strikes, bumps on the bottom of lakes, and
more. The IM8 Pro Series 147C is a rod that I like to fish crankbaits
with. I am able to feel vibrations from the lures, when they hit
structures, and more.
Power: You said that the
Hookhider 147C is flexible right? Yes, that's right. But this rod performs
well when hook setting because of the unique Hookhider design that gives the rod
incredible butt strength and overall rod durability. I am able to muscle the fish into
the boat with ease.
Section II: The Grip
As explained above the Hookhider patented grip is a tubular design that
adds value to your rod and to your fishing experience. Instead of
attaching your hooks on guides, hooking rings, or anything else when your lure
is rigged, just place it inside the Hookhider grip to prevent any snags on
anything. I found that the grip did not degrade the overall performance of
the rod, but added a value to the rod that I found very useful.
Hookhider Grip holds onto your crankbaits nicely and will never come out until
you remove it
Usage: The Hookhider grip is tubular and slotted to fit
many type of lures. So how easy is it to get your hooks into the
grip? Well, the Hookhider grips come in 5 inches in length with a diameter
of 1 inch or 6 inches in length with a 1.25 inches in diameter. From my
large selection of lures(crankbaits, jerkbaits, spinners, normal hooks, etc.) I
was able to fit them all into the grip without any problems. Just pop off
the rubber plug at the end of the butt and insert your crankbait hooks into the
tube. Replace the rubber stopper and your good to go.
insert the hooks to keep them out of harms way. The ease of use is a big
With single hooks you can just attach them inside the Hookhider grip and
tighten your line just like with any other fishing rods that have a hook
ring. This is so simple anyone can use this, even kids.
patented grip design can accommodate any type of lures, even single hook
products like a spinnerbait
Performance: The Hookhider grip is used for one reason...
to prevent something that we all hate... snags! I would have to say it's a
pain to un-snag hooks that catch on nets, other lures, clothing, carpets, and
any other items where my rods and lures venture to. I found the patented
grip very helpful when I transport my rods rigged-ready to fish, when the rods
are on the boat, and when they are stored at home. The Hookhider grip
prevented any snags in all these places. This great idea in a grip design
allowed me to fish more instead of wasting time untangling hooks. The
slotted-tubular grip held the hooks and lure in place and I didn't have to worry
about it hooking anyone or anything.
Durability: How durable is the Hookhider grip since it's
slotted and tubular? The grip is created using glass-filled nylon that's
durable enough because it passed my barbaric tests. One place the grip
will be is in your hands. I gripped the handle in many different ways and
squeezed it as hard as I could. The grip flexes a little, but it didn't
break after at least 50 reps(good hand workout!). Another place where this
grip would be is either on the floor or on the deck of your boat which has the
potentially to be stepped on. I fish with my backpacking boots on and they
have hard soles. I stepped hard on the grip laying flat against the boat
and at approximately 20 degrees. I tried this many times and didn't
experience any failures nor damages.
quality IM8 Graphite along with the Titanium oxide guides plus the solid
Hookhider grip that's attached to the rod makes this rod exceptional
compared to others of this price. The reel seat cut-out on the
tested rod wasn't up to par according to my standards
rod design factors: durability, flexibility, sensitivity, and lightweight
are all there. In addition the Grip is very useful! A package
that creates a better rod
beat this price for a rod like this, and with a patented grip
good rod that comes with Hookhider's revolutionary patented grip
||Designed with lightweight IM8, quality cork, and other
ergonomics that allow fishing with minimal fatigue
excellent rod that's useful in many way. Plus the innovative grip
design allowed anglers hassle-free fishing by preventing snags and
Pluses and Minuses:
Revolutionary Grip design!
Rough edge on reel seat blank through|
Conclusion: Nowadays there are many rod manufacturers and
custom rod makers that can put together a good quality rod. It's the
little tweaks and new technologies that separate the few from the many.
Bob Bushner and the Hookhider team produces quality fishing rods that
concentrate on four major factors at an affordable price. But the unique
Patented Revolutionary Hookhider Grip design and concept is the main feature
that sets them apart from everyone else. The exciting Hookhider grip
provides anglers with a new and useful way to keep the lure hooks out of harms
way. Hookhider is committed to manufacturing high quality fishing rods
that employ their innovative patented grip concept that adds value to an
angler's fishing experience. This true dedication by bringing an entirely
new revolutionary product to the anglers and the sport of fishing makes Hookhider a
deserving recipient of TackleTour's "Innovation Award!!!"