Tackle Doctor: Professional Angler Aaron Martens Demonstrates How to Add a Bait
Holder to Any Hook
When it comes to tackle on the professional bass fishing circuit nobody is more detailed than Aaron Martens. Because of
this affection for the finer details in tackle and his ability to customize and
mod his personal gear Aaron Martens is known as the "Tackle Doctor" amongst his peers.
The Tackle Doctor Series: From time to time, Aaron will be releasing videos. These videos will be the
Tackle Doctor series of videos. Topics will range from anything from learning to
tie knots to modifying tackle for increasing effectiveness for tournament
angling. Aaron will provide his insight and unique perspective on these topics.
The Tackle Doctor Volume 2: Adding a Bait Holder to Any Hook
"doctors" up a lot of tackle and that includes everything from mass production
lures to terminal tackle. In this installment he demonstrates how he adds a bait
holder to hooks that he uses for tournament fishing. This simple process only
takes minutes to learn and allows anglers to add this feature to hooks that may
not be available with a bait holder, like one of his favorite hooks, a 3/0 worm
bend hook from Gamakatsu.
All anglers need to get started is a
hook, something to hold that hook securely like a tying vise, some 10lb braided
line and a single strand of weedguard (easily cut from a jig).
When to use a
Custom Bait Holder: There are a number of hooks that are available with
built in or pre-installed bait keepers and the popular Punching technique has
spawned an array of options. But what happens when your favorite hook is not
available with this option? A quick modification will allow you to arm your hook
with this useful feature. Bait holders help keep plastics from balling up on the
hook which is not only not the optimal presentation but can cause the hookpoint
from properly penetrating fish. Each time anglers spend time pulling the baits
back up it causes damage to the bait and wasted time, and as anglers know you
simply can't catch fish if your bait isn't in the water.