Longshank Beaked Hook

Improvements to the original pattern have made this hook even better!

The Longshank X pattern of hook has proven just how good it is at hooking carp both at home and abroad for over 20 years, but with a few tweaks Danny Fairbrass has made it even more effective.

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The original pattern was based on the fly hook patterns which were popular back then due to their shape and hooking ability, but made stronger and sharper to make them suitable for hooking and landing big carp. The long shank and aggressively in-turned eye meant that they easily flipped over and the point took a hold when a carp picked up your rig.

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But like anything in carp fishing, constantly evolving and improving things is the way to land more carp, and having spent a lot of time watching carp picking up rigs on our underwater cameras, Danny felt that he could tweak the design and make it even better, which resulted in the new Longshank Beaked hook pattern and is going to be even more deadly than the original.

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Using his experience, Danny decided to make two major changes to the Longshank, with the first being swapping the straight point for a beaked one. During extensive testing, the beaked point resulted in more secure hookholds and increased the ratio of fished hooked to landed by a significant margin.

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The original Longshank already had a fairly aggressively in-turned eye at 20 degrees, but Danny decided to take that even further and increased that to 40 degrees. This resulted in the hook flipping over and turning extremely quickly once it entered the carps mouth, thus increasing the chances of it taking a hold, and once it has done then that beaked point ensures that it stays in.

Like the original pattern, the Longshank Beaked is constructed using a stepped-up wire gauge for extra strength, and making it suitable for use at home and abroad, and when fishing in challenging situations and for big fish. It is a forged hook and also features a PTFE coating to ensure maximum durability when in use.

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The end result was a hook that has proven to be even better than the original, and once which Danny, and many others, have put to good use during testing and has resulted in the capture of numerous big carp from tough venues.

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It is suitable for use on a wide variety of different rigs, for bottom baits, wafters and pop-ups, such as spinner rigs, combi rigs and PVA bag rigs, amongst others.

The Longshank Beaked comes in a choice of barbed or barbless versions, and is available in sizes 2, 4, 6, and 8, with ten hooks in a packet.  

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