Take a look in any angler’s tackle box and you will find fishing lures with treble hooks. This popular hook, with three hook shanks that emerge just below the eye of the hook, each extending downward a certain distance then turning outward and bending back upward a shorter distance with a sharp point and barb that reside at the end, is a staple for saltwater and freshwater fisherman alike. Unfortunately, the unique design of this hook can wreak havoc on fingers, clothes and other tackle. That is why Al’s Goldfish Lure Company offers Al’s hook bonnets – the only snap-on hook covers made in the USA.
There are several advantages to keeping hooks covered until the lure is in the water. When in the tackle box, Al’s hook bonnets prevent treble hook tangles and keep the tackle box tidy. When lures are rigged and ready on a pole they protect clothing, upholstery and more from getting punctured by hooks. They also protect skin, making lures safe for children and adults alike to handle when they are equipped with an Al’s hook bonnet. For lure collectors, the hook bonnets keep hooks from scratching and damaging other lures in their precious collection.
Al’s hook bonnets are available in three sizes, designated by different colors: small sized (blue) hook bonnets fit treble hook sizes 12-8 and are designed for small jigs and spinning lures; medium sized (green) hook bonnets fit treble hook sizes 8-2 and fit most bass style lures; and the large sized (red) hook bonnets fit treble hook sizes 1-2/0 and are ideal for saltwater and musky lures. The hook bonnets are easy to attach, simply push the hook down until you hear (or feel) the lure snapping into place. To remove the bonnet, take one hand and grasp the shaft of the hook; with the other hand, use your thumb to pull an inside corner of the bonnet away from the hook’s shaft. The bonnet will pop right off. Do not place your thumb or other part of your hand over the point of the hook within the bonnet. A video on the benefits of Al’s hook bonnets and how to use them is available at https://youtu.be/Eosu3qKRrpc.
Be sure to pick up some Al’s hook bonnets to protect your tackle, fingers and everything else around you. The bonnets also work on single hooks, so get plenty! They are available at sporting goods stores nationwide and conveniently online at www.alsgoldfish.com.
About Al’s Goldfish Lure Company
The company was launched in 1952 with a single pioneering spoon lure, known as Stuart’s Goldfish, named after founder Al Stuart. The company’s flagship lure was renamed Al’s Goldfish in 1954, and by 1973 the popularity of the Goldfish lure soared to nearly one million lures sold in a year. Along the way, other popular lures, such as the Forty-Niner and Helgy, and hook bonnet lure accessories were added to the company’s list of American-made products. In 2015 the line was expanded to include the Saltwater Goldfish series. In 2022, present owners Jeff and Mandy DeBuigne are celebrating the 70 year anniversary of the Goldfish lure. For more information on Al’s Goldfish Lure Company visit www.alsgoldfish.com.