Reels | Rods | Lures | SwimbaitsBFS Lines | Term. Tackle | Tools | Storage | Apparel | Enthusiast | Watercraft | Interviews | Events | Autopsy




Terminal Tackle Review

What the Finesse + Owner Hooks Roundup


Date: 10/17/12
Tackle Type: Terminal Tackle
Manufacturer: Owner
Reviewer: Cal



Introduction: When someone mentions fishing industry manufacturer Owner America to you, what comes to your mind? Hooks, right? Specifically replacement treble hooks for your swimbaits, cranks, jerkbaits and other hard baits. Owner's line of ST36 and ST41 replacement treble hooks are the default standard amongst consumers who are want the best combination of durability, strength, and sharpness in their treble hooks. But as you might expect from any company specializing in hooks and other terminal tackle, there's more to Owner's offering than just their quality trebles.


Despite this year's theme, we continue to sort through tackle from our 2011 What the Finesse.

The next natural thought? Owner EWG worm hooks both weighted and unweighted and with or without the bait keeper screws. You can rest assured we've been using a lot of these hooks in 2012 as part of our Creature Feature theme. Speaking of themes, we still have a lot of residual product left over from 2011. That's right, we haven't forgotten about finesse and our WTF slogan. In fact, we're here to share with you a quartet of finesse geared terminal tackle from a company better known for their big, beefy, stout hooks for heavy duty fishing conditions. Introducing Owner America's Ultra, Shakey, Wacky Head and Wacky Hook terminal tackle products.

In truth, all past year's themes continue to be in play.


Ultra Finesse Ball Head: Owner combines the easy rigging advantages of a wide gap hook with a finesse ball head in their Ultra Finesse Type Ball Heads. They feature standard wire, wide gap hooks, a shiny, chrome finished head, and a forty five degree line tie.


Introducing Owner's Ultra Head Finesse Type Ball Head.


Owner Ultra Finesse Ball Head Specifications

Weights 1/32, 1/16, 1/8 oz 1/16, 1/8, 3/16 oz
Hook Size 1 2/0
#per Package 5 4
Colors/Patterns Natural Natural
Retail Price $4.49 $4.49

Application: The forty five degree line tie of Owner's Finesse Style Ball Head lends itself well to general finesse applications. Use it finesse worms, grubs, and even tubes and smaller craw or creature baits. In testing, I used it primarily with finesse style worms like Owner's own Shiver Tail.

That's right, "Owner" and "Finesse" in the same product.

Bait Keeper/Rigging: The Finesse Style Ball Head is free of any dedicated bait keepers because the hook itself is wide gap style with a space along the hook's shank before it bends to hold the forward section of your soft plastic bait. Just slide about an eighth to three sixteenths of an inch section of your bait onto the hook, work it up to the straight section, just under the ball head, straighten out the bait and Texas rig your worm.

The wide gap hook on this ball head makes rigging a snap.

Effectiveness: I fished the Ultra Finesse Style Ball Head aboard my Evergreen International TKLS-64LS Alley Oop paired with my Opus-1 spinning reel spooled with 6lb Sunline Super Natural nylon monofilament on a day trip up to Clear Lake, California. We were testing a bunch of gear that day so I didn't fish the ball heads exclusively, but I caught a few fish over a submerged rock pile dragging and hoping Owner Shiver tail worms. My hook up ratio was pretty much 100% during this small sample time.

Oh yeah, and the hooks work pretty well too!

Durability: I caught five to six fish ranging from just over a pound on up to four pounds that day and on last check, the hook point was as sharp as the time I started. I rarely have issues with Owner Hooks dulling prematurely. The heads themselves are unfinished, so there's no paint to worry about.


Owner Ultra Finesse Ball Head Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Put together well 8
Performance Good hook up ratio and points stay true through a lot of fish 8
Price You pay for the quality 7
Features Wide gap hook on a ball head, needle point 7
Design (Ergonomics) Painted head option would be nice 6
Application Good general purpose jighead 7

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:


+ Easy to rig - Unfinished heads aren't as exciting as painted heads
+ Sharp, durable hook  
+ Large hook size for such small heads  


Looking for these hooks? Try TackleWarehouse



Owner Shakey Head: For those who prefer a straight shank design on their hooks, Owner also offers a straight up Shaky Head with their TwistLOCK CPS molded right into the head. The hook is a light wire type with a horizontal line tie coming out of the head at a forty five degree angle to the hook shank. The hook itself features a needle point and is finished in black chrome.


Introducing Owner's Shaky Head jighead built with a lightwire, straight gauge, 4/0, needle point hook.


Owner Shakey Head Specifications

Weights 1/16, 3/32, 1/8, 3/16, 1/4
Hook Size 4/0
#per Package 4
Colors/Patterns Unfinished, Brown, Green Pumpkin
Retail Price $4.49

Application: As its name would suggest, this jighead was made to support shaky head fishing and actually has a subtle flat portion right at the top of its head so you can pull the bait upright ever so gently and shake it around.

The head of this jig head has a subtle flat spot to facilitate standup presentations on a tight line.

Bait Keeper/Rigging: Owner's Patent Pending "Centering-Pin-Spring" (CPS) bait keeper is positioned just at the right angle to facilitate weedless rigging of your favorite finesse worm. The CPS holds your bait very firmly in place even after hookups.

But the horizontal line tie of Owner's Shaky Head tends to attract debris.

Effectiveness: I found this shaky jighead very well made and easy to fish. I'm fairly confident my baits are standing up on a tight line and wiggling around as they should but it's hard to say unless you can really see it each and every time. Bottom line is you get bit, and that's what counts. Hook up ratio is very good with these heads.

Hook up ratio is very good with these heads.

Durability: I fish shaky heads in rocky areas so I usually lose them before durability can come into play. Given this is an Owner product, I have every confidence the hook points hold up.


Owner Shakey Head Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Well made jighead 8
Performance Excellent hook up ratio, but line tie does attract vegetation/algae 7
Price A little over a buck a head 7
Features Straight shank hook, built in bait keeper 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) Painted heads and very long hook shank - needle point 7.5
Application Good finesse worming jighead 7

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:


+ Nice, light wire hook - More colors would be nice, or how about black?
+ Option for painted heads  
+ TwistLOCK CPS works well  


Looking for these hooks? Try TackleWarehouse

Next Section: We are not done yet, Owner gets Wacky...









Copyright 2000-2024 TackleTour LLC All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy information