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Keep fish pinned with rotating SpinTech treble hooks from Basstar (continued)


We tried to find clear water in our first series of tests so we could observe the swimming action of our lures to see if the Spintech hooks changed the action of the lures at all. We found our test grounds at Lake Pardee where we could see over 20 feet down to the bottom of the lake in some areas. We quickly discovered that the SpinTech hooks while a little bigger in mass than the hooks we replaced them with did little to change the action of the baits at all, even ripbaits fished normally with these baits.


A look a the bottom, the hook is like a propeller


Over the course of the entire season I caught a lot of fish on these hooks and only two of the fish ever came off. Never once did I feel like a fish came off because the hooks failed, quite the opposite in fact, Iím positive that I was able to land more fish that didnít commit as aggressively to the baits. The fish I did lose were probably not properly hooked to begin with or possibly just tagged right on the outside of their mouths from a mis-strike.


The eye on the SpinTech hooks is pretty robust but the rotation makes it a little tricky to put them on split rings quickly


When I first looked at the SpinTech hooks I thought the wire on the hooks might be a little thin for species like Stripers but the design of the hooks themselves reduces the need for a 2X strong hook. Because fish are unable to put leverage on the hooks due to locking up it is more difficult to bend the hooks either right or left. The hooks can still be bent backwards and I observed this at Lake Falcon where I had a fish run me into structure and I got hung up on my front hook. I was able to pull the hook open and retrieve the fish by pulling straight against the submerged tree branches. While I wasnít able to fish the hooks against Peacocks the design held up well against both largemouth and striped bass but a 2X version would be a nice addition for those anglers that like to crank or rip it up with superlines.


Mid way through our tests the lures are looking beat up but  the hooks are holding up well


When you fight fish back to the boat the battle doesnít feel different at all. The beauty of the SpinTech hook design is the performance is transparent, meaning the product simply does its job while you fish as you normally would. When a fish is stuck on both hooks the leverage between both hooks can still be used to pry the hooks out, but then again it really isnít a concern if the fish is going to come off when double pinned, and should one hook come out the free spinning remaining hook will keep the fish hooked. The SpinTech hooks are all about improving your chances of keeping fish hooked.


The SpinTech hooks are available in a wide range of sizes and can be used on swimbaits


Not once during the season did the actual hook design fail, the pin kept the rotating hook spinning properly and never did we have either of the two sections separate during a battle. We were only able to break a hookpoint on a straight up snag with rocky structure, and even though we were able to break that hook point the two sections remained intact. We were impressed the design held up so well, and after we caught a bunch of fish on a variety of baits it was the lures that were looking tired, not the hooks.     


With free rotation it makes it harder for fish to use the weight and leverage of big baits against anglers


Price and Applications: SpinTech hooks are available in both freshwater and saltwater versions, and in standard or red finishes. Current size selections include #6, #4, #2, #1, 1/0, 2/0, and 3/0. We can imagine big bait makers that donít currently offer rotating hook designs using these hooks on their baits as an added value. Anglers at home now have the ability to add this feature to any of their baits, no matter how big or small. The SpinTech hooks are reasonably priced and a pack of 4 hooks retails for $6.99 which works out to $1.74 per hook. This is slightly more expensive than premium hooks from the likes of Gamakatsu and Owner. Whether or not the SpinTech hooks are as sharp is debatable, what we can say is they did the job just fine.  In our tests we found the hookpoints on the SpinTech hooks performed very well with reaction baits as well as both hard and soft bodied swimbaits. Many anglers are brand loyal when it comes to terminal tackle and Basstarís biggest challenge will be winning over anglers that have their mindís set on a particular brand.


The SpinTech design is clever and functions well, not once did we have the two sections separate during fishing. The rotating design helps keep fish pinned on no matter which way they turn


Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

Basstar SpinTech Hook Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality The hooks are built strong and though the implementation is just a little bulkier than traditional hooks 8
Performance The hooks do exactly what they are designed to do. They do not change the action of the lures and help keep fish pinned on. The ability to add this feature to just about any lure is a nice plus for those anglers looking for that extra edge 8.5
Price The SpinTech hooks are slightly more expensive than traditional hooks, this is something we would expect for a product that has a unique feature and makes use of more raw material to deliver that functionality 8
Features One single big feature, the hook rotates. The design just plain works and does not fail. 9
Design (Ergonomics) A clever design that brings one of the best features on big baits to baits of any type. The hooks are slightly harder to put on because the axle with the eye rotates 8

Great for bass and striper fishing, and can be used for inshore species as well. Even though the design reduces the need for a 2X wire we would like to see this as an option for anglers that feel more confident working with thicker hooks, it is these hooks that we would prefer to employ on species like Musky, Pike and even Peacocks (the latter of which we hope to test come this November)


Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

J A clever design that adds rotating hook functionality to just about any hardbait L More expensive per hook than traditional premium hooks (but expected due to the unique implementation)
J Held up well in tests, durable construction does not fail  
J Reasonable price  
J Innovative design, finally something really "new" with hooks  


Conclusion: Basstar has a number of innovative baits including their topwater baits as well as the Dredger weighted lip deep diving crankbait, so it is really no surprise that the company came up with the clever SpinTech hooks. These innovative hooks bring a feature made popular on big swimbaits to any hardbait that anglers choose to put the SpinTech hooks on. The design of these hooks is both clever and well implemented and the hooks not only help keep fish pinned but also are able to hold up well to abuse over the long term. Will anglers that are already loyal to one brand of hook be willing to try the SpinTech hooks? They certainly are worth a look and arming your favorite lure with these hooks only increases your chance of landing fish, making that lucky lure even more lethal. It is hard to innovate in hook design but Basstar manages to do just that with the inventive SpinTech hooks, a worthy recipient of our Innovation Award.


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