The Specialist Barbel hook is a tried and tested hook pattern that has quickly gained cult status amongst big fish anglers.
The extra long point of the Specialist Barbel hook is immensely sharp, giving instant penetration on the take. This makes it virtually impossible for the fish to eject the hook once in its mouth.
There are two noticeable features that make this hook stand out from the crowd. Firstly you have a Teflon coating with a non-reflective, dull charcoal-grey colouration that blends into its surroundings far better than a standard hook. By using Teflon coated hooks you will dramatically reduce sun glare when fishing in the shallow or exceptionally clear water. This is especially useful in bright conditions.
The second and most beneficial feature of the hook is the slightly in-turned eye. This has been very neatly finished off to eliminate any chance of your hooklength breaking from eye abrasion when the fish is in full charge. The in-turned angle also makes the hook ideal for use with a Knotless Knot. This makes the hook ideal for both hair-rigged baits as well as conventionally hooked baits.
This excellent hook also has a short to medium length shank with a circular curve, whisker barb and elongated point.
Although it was initially designed for barbel, the Specialist Barbel has now found favour with anglers targeting other hard-fighting species such as tench, carp and chub.