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Gamakatsu, in their hook descriptions describes the following hook as "offset".

http://www.gamakatsu.com/fishing-hooks.php?pid=1156

 

Trokar, in their website describes their own almost identical hook as "non-offset".

http://lazertrokar.com/products/ewg-worm

 

 

Both of the links above show hooks with a Z bend behind the eye to help hold on the bait, yet one is called offset and the other is called non-offset by their respective manufacturers.

 

If that Z bend is the offset, then either Gammy or Trokar are mistaken in their descriptions. It's confusing.

Does anyone know what the difference is between the two above mentioned hooks with regard to "offset"?

Or what offset is really supposed to mean?

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By offset it is meant that the hook point is veered off either to the left or right when viewed from above.

A straight hook has the point completely in line with the hook shank.  It doesn't have to do with the z bend near the eye.  And is found in many different styles of hooks, rather than just worm hooks.

Hope that helps :)

 

Both kirbed and reversed are offset hook points.

if0502_AboutHooks4.jpg

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The consistant thing in hooks is inconsistency, no standards in size or shape.

Tom

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It should be pointed out that the illustrations of kirbed hook points above are greatly exaggerated.

 

 

oe

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It should be pointed out that the illustrations of kirbed hook points above are greatly exaggerated.

 

 

oe

 

Must be, I've looked at my Gammys and I can't tell it, but then my eyes aren't what they used to be either.   :grin:

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By offset it is meant that the hook point is veered off either to the left or right when viewed from above.

A straight hook has the point completely in line with the hook shank.  It doesn't have to do with the z bend near the eye.  And is found in many different styles of hooks, rather than just worm hooks.

Hope that helps :)

 

Both kirbed and reversed are offset hook points.

if0502_AboutHooks4.jpg

 

CeeJay is absolutely correct, most of the time off-set means the hook point. The Gamakatsu in the link is also non-offset but that is the point, the Gamakatsu has an off-set SHANK, and that is what most think off and it is confusing, especially if you want an off-set point and an off-set shank.

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How did they come up with kirbed for left offset? And why is a right offset reversed?

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If the 'point' of an offset hook is so that you can still hooked up even if the fish 'flattens' the hook sideways, it seems that such an very slight, couple degree, offset wouldn't make any difference....except maybe to the fisherman consumer, I suppose

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