Six of the best winter maggot hooks

Tackle Tester Dan Webb picks out his favourite patterns for carp and silverfish on lakes and rivers

Six of the best winter maggot hooks

by Angling Times |

Kamasan B512

What’s in the packet: A red coloured version of the popular B511 hook. It’s a spade end, barbed hook with a flat crystal bend.

Why we love them: A go anywhere natural water silverfish hook. Double maggot hookbaits sit particularly well, with minimal chance of them masking the point. Some believe that the red colour adds extra attraction, as fish are often caught on a bare hook.

Price: £1.99, www.drennantackle.com

Kamasan B512
Kamasan B512

Drennan Super Specialist

What’s in the packet: A no compromise micro barbed, eyed hook produced in extra strong high carbon steel.

Why we love them: Incredibly strong, even in smaller sizes, when they can be used with maggots for the biggest of the big river fish in cold water.

Price: £1.90, www.drennantackle.com

Drennan Super Specialist
Drennan Super Specialist

Preston SFL-B

What’s in the packet: A lightweight spade end, PTFE coated hook that is also available pre-tied on the Mag Store System.

Why we love them: A ‘go to’ choice for carp and F1s on maggots, but great for skimmers as well. Super sharp with an excellent hook hold, you’ll bump or lose very few fish with these.

Price: £1.99 - £3.25, www.prestoninnovations.com

Preston SFL-B
Preston SFL-B

Hayabusa HCHK 128

What’s in the packet: Barbed, spade end hook available in black nickel and silver nickel.

Why we love them: A four-way ground point makes these sharp and durable – perfect for hard rocky bottoms on natural waters. Strong but with a sensibly thick wire, they are ideal for smaller silvers but with enough grunt to land bigger specimens when required.

Price: £2.99, www.comlic.it

Hayabusa HCHK 128
Hayabusa HCHK 128

Guru F1 Maggot

What’s in the packet: Straight point, super sharp PTFE coated barbless hooks available in both eyed and spade end.

Why we love them: A fine and lightweight hook designed for winter F1 work, yet perfect for commercial silverfish sport all year round on both pole and feeder. The PTFE coating makes these among the sharpest hooks you’ll find.

Price: £1.99, www.tackleguru.com

Guru F1 Maggot
Guru F1 Maggot

Guru Kaizen

What’s in the packet: A PTFE-coated razor-sharp hook with an extra wide gape. Barbless and available in eyed, spade end and pre-tied.

Why we love them: A low diameter yet strong wire makes these ideal for mixed nets of bigger silvers, carp and F1s in colder water – perfect for the days when your maggot hookbait is likely to be eaten by anything that swims on pole, waggler or Method feeder.

Price: £2.25 - £3.49, www.tackleguru.com

Guru Kaizen
Guru Kaizen
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