Mustad's New Wide Gap Worm Hook

July 5, 2023
Tackle News Archive


It’s high time to reconsider the traditional wide gap worm hook. What began as a specialty hook that could be pinned to the always reliable artificial worm has evolved into the perfect choice for an overwhelming variety of soft plastics. Designed for technical presentations and fishing trends that require finesse and effortless hooksets, Mustad’s AlphaPoint® Assault 4/0 Wide Gap hook optimizes the versatility and capabilities of weedless rigged soft plastics through a unique hook shape debuting AlphaPoint® 4.8 technology.

A foundation of premium technologies supports the new AlphaPoint® Assault 4/0 Wide Gap hook. Complementing the strengths of Mustad’s existing premium UltraPoint® 4.3 needlepoint with state-of-the-art, three-stage Opti-Angle sharpening technology, AlphaPoint® delivers an even sharper and slimmer hook point length that is 4.8 times its relationship to the wire diameter. The elongated and shallower point section allows for deeper and faster hooksets, converting the slightest pressure into efficient penetration. 

The 4/0 wide gap hook, Mustad’s AlphaPoint® Assault leverages premium manufacturing technologies to synthesize a chemically sharpened needlepoint. AlphaPoint® Assault’s Nor-Tempered high-carbon alloy wire provides the ideal foundation and balance of metal hardness, rigidity and thinness to reduce flex, aiding in faster penetration, and helping swing more bass into the boat. 

With a unique offset that improves hookup-to-land ratio, the AlphaPoint® Assault 4/0 Wide Gap hook covers a multitude of bait options and fishing styles. What plastic you use depends on the time of year, water clarity, fishing pressure, and many other factors. 

One of the standout features of this wide gap hook lies in its design, starting from the resin-protected eye and extending downward to the exaggerated offset Z bend that prevents soft plastics from slipping, even on hard casts and after missed strikes. Mustad’s strategic Tak-bend gives larger and thicker soft plastic baits the ability to sit flush to the hook and fully collapse and promoting better hooksets. The AlphaPoint® Assault 4/0 Wide Gap takes on a traditional look at the bend before a dramatically elongated gap from the throat to the hook point, which is elevated above the hook eye to ensure a better chance of the barb penetrating while maximizing weedless functionality. The design also improves rigging regardless of whether you skin hook soft plastics or leave the hook point nestled snugly against the bait. 

Pairing this new wide gap with Mustad’s ultra-slick TitanX matte coating makes rigging your favorite soft plastic jerkbait, creature bait, or floating worm easy. Wide gap hooks are the top all-around choice for bass fishermen across the county, especially in the 4/0 size, which is widely used for pitching or casting lighter Texas rigs when fishing around docks, laydowns, rockpiles, or brush where snags are likely, or covering water in a horizontal fashion with Carolina-rigged plastics.


  • 4.8 AlphaPoint® Technology
  • Opti-Angle Needle Point  
  • 1X Strong Wire
  • Z-Bend
  • Ringed Eye  
  • Forged
  • Non-Tempered