I will be trying to post entries that give more information about the products we offer at BigSharkTackle.com. In selecting tackle to sell I have tried to offer different tackle options for different situations. As the business develops I plan to expand the offerings to include every type of tackle that anyone could possibly need. I will start with more details about one of our hook offerings.

Being a guy, I like large, shiny, metallic things. That is why I am going to do my first product entry about our Mustad 7731AD hooks. They are made of metal, they are shiny and they are definitely large. I wanted to offer some hooks for the guys out there fishing for Jaws. This hook would be the one you need! We carry sizes 10/0, 11/0, 14/0 and 16/0.

 The 10/0 and 11/0 are pretty good-sized hooks that are in the same sizing realm as the commonly used Mustad 39960D 20/0 circle hook. They are stout hooks that are great for larger baits. If, however, you are looking to set out an oversized bait (such as a whole jack) for a truly epic shark then you should consider the 14/0 and 16/0 sizes. The 14/0 size is what I would consider a really large hook. When I think of the 16/0 the word monstrous comes to mind.

The Mustad 7731AD Size 16/0

The 16/0 measures a full 2.75 inches from the tip of the point to the hook shaft. That gives you plenty of room to put it in a larger whole fish and still have the point well exposed.
One of my favorite features of this hook is the eye. Mustad calls it a “needle” eye and that is a good description. It is forged into the shank itself. This has two advantages. First, you don’t have to worry about the eye opening up in the heat of the battle. The other is the narrowness of the eye. Some styles of eyes are large and bulky. This hook’s style lends itself to the use of heat shrink tubing since it is quite narrow. Larger eyes do not allow you to get small enough heat shrink tubing over the eye. If you get tubing large enough to go over the eye then it does not shrink down tight enough around the cable. With the 7731AD you can get small enough tubing around the eye to be able to shrink it down snuggly over the leader material. This allows you to do things with this hook that you couldn’t with other hooks.

7731AD "Needle Eye"

As with most of Mustad’s hooks it is covered in their Duratin finish which will protect it from corrosion. Simply rinsing in fresh water after use should preserve it for many uses in the future.
All in all this is an excellent hook, especially if you are looking for an oversized hook for an oversized shark. If you are dreaming of catching Jaws on your next trip then you should get a few of these gems to haul in your monster!
7731AD – check them out!