|SHARP THINING: Keep a hone handy whenever you're fishing. Photo: Manfred Koh|
Sharpening your hooks periodically is one of the simplest ways to increase your catch rate, especially when gunning for hard-jawed or rubber-lipped species such as tarpon, reds and billfish. A razor-sharp hook will penetrate with less force, allowing the use of lighter tackle. This can be very important when targeting wary fish that demand scaled-down terminal gear. The instructions provided here apply to most hooks with an inside cutting edge.