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Bleeding Bait Triggers the Natural Feeding Response. It's a fact that captains and guides have known for years, the blood-red color triggers the natural feeding response in fish! There have been so many fishing stories and testimonials, we will be building a new page with more about Bleeding Bait soon. You'll find many Daiichi hooks are available in this earth-friendly finish under our "Products" link. From bass to redfish, Bleeding Bait works!

Until recently Daiichi made only small hooks.In fact when first asked to make larger hook patterns, the technicians at Daiichi looked "perplexed." They could not believe what an easy task they were being asked to perform. As a direct result of the Daiichi team's small hook expertise, consistently perfect hooks are now yours!

The Barb
Besides the point, the other factor of sharpness (the ability to penetrate) concerns the barb. The Daiichi hooks have two types of low profile barbs, allowing for faster penetration. Minibarb - the standard Daiichi barb - cuts into 40% of the hooks' wire diameter. Microbarb provides the ultimate combination of sharpness and holding power, cutting into only 20% of the wire.

Carbon Content
Rated at 80, Daiichi hooks hammer competitors in their carbon content. This translates to harder steel and sharper points.

Carefully flex the hook gap a little. This combination of strength while maintaining flexibility separates the top quality hooks from the others! Daiichi takes longer to temper their hooks, but as you can feel, it's worth it.

Did the hook you flexed have flattened edges in the hook bend? That's forging. The forging process adds almost 20% in strength to the wire. If you flexed a forged hook, you probably didn't move it too far. The Daiichi forging adds strength, but keeps your hook as fine as possible for sharpness and livelier bait action.

Our address is on every package of fish hooks. If you are not 100% satisfied with Daiichi hooks, please return the unused portion for a full refund. We will even add $1 to cover your postage and inconvenience.

We offer hooks for Bluegill to Blue Marlin, Warmouth to Walleye, Shark to Striped Bass. Daiichi has the right hook!

FAQ about Daiichi Hooks

What is Bleeding Bait?

Throughout the catalog, you will see this logo on many hook patterns. These hooks are the Bleeding BaitTM color. Years of study in aquariums, trot-lines and actual fishing conditions revealed that this color triggers the natural feeding response.

A fisheries biologist told us that the gills become engorged with blood as they flare to inhale bait. this phenomenon is called Gill FlashTM.

Because Daiichi is the leader in hook innovation, an ordinary "paint" was not good enough for our anglers. We chose to use a dye layered over a highly-polished finish. Not only does this perform well, it wears during use so the hook is more environmentally friendly. In other words, if you break off during battle, the hook will rust away quickly.

Many anglers have contacted us and told us about their success with Bleeding Bait hooks. We invite you to try the Bleeding Bait hooks and experience the difference!

What does "80-carbon steel" mean?

The higher the carbon-content, the stronger the steel. It also means that the point can be made sharper without fear of the point "folding over" and the wire diameter can be smaller. Wire diameter is the single most important factor in hook penetration. 80-carbon hooks stay sharper longer.

Daiichi brand hooks are 80-carbon steel.

How do you re-sharpen a hook?

In the unlikely event you dull a high carbon hook, simply push your whetstone or file (lightly) from the point towards the barb. Repeat this step, going around the point. Be careful not to over-sharpen. Bench grinders and the like overheat the point.

How do I fish a "Circle" hook?

While choosing a normal "J" hook, you are looking for the size that will fit the mouth / jaw. When selecting a circle hook, choose a size that will fit the "lip" while allowing room for the bait. The gap between the point and the shank is critical.

Traditional Circle hooks have a very narrow gap between the point and the shank, making them harder to bait and remove from the fish's mouth. Newer designs like Daiichi's Circle Wide® have a larger gap. Did you notice the small barb on the inside of the wire on the hook above? That StopGap® feature on the Daiichi Circle Chunk series helps prevent the bait from getting jammed between the point and shank which is a common problem on circle hooks.

How do Circle Hooks Work?

After a fish inhales your bait, they turn away while "mashing" or killing its meal. It's that turn that is critical. The circle hook slides back through the fish's mouth to the angle change of the lip. Bingo! He's hooked. That's why you don't set the hook with circle hooks, just lift the rod or reel in the line slowly until the battle begins!

Catch and Release

Because circle hooks wrap around the fish's lip, the hook is exposed for easy removal. Regular "J" hooks tend to hook up further inside the fish's mouth making the release take longer.

Why Bleeding Bait Red hooks?

After years of underwater studies and tests under actual fishing conditions; here is what Daiichi found out:

1. Fish are naturally attracted to blood. The sight of red means "injured bait" or "easy meal" to fish.

2. As fish feed the gill plates flare exposing the gills. Because the gills just moved, like any muscle there is more blood in them. This phenomenon is called gill flash, the signal from one fish to another; "I'm eating, you're not!"

3. This combination triggers the natural feeding response in fish. Bleeding Bait is an earth friendly finish that wears during use. In other words, if you break your line during battle, the hook will rust away quickly.


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