**Price is for a pack of 2 hooks and 10 clips**
Here is our interview with Sam Peters of Sta-Stuk Hooks & Release Marine where we get into great details on the hook.
Here is FUDO on the Kona Cut Point Design:
The FUDO Super Ocean Kona Cut hook was born out of extensive field testing by the Kona, Hawaii charter fleet over the last few seasons. They feature a moderate bend, between a Grander Curved and Hays Hook with a flattened inside barb and unique outside double angled cutting point, resulting in a hook that is extremely sticky and sharp. The flattened barb guides the hook in whilst the obverse cutting point drives the hook home. While a traditional knife edge point can tear flesh when hooking, this design works the opposite because of the flattened inner barb.
This is a proven design that was tested by top Kona Captains and FUDO Pro Staff such as Tracy Epstein on (instagram.com/lastchancekona), Capt. Mat Bowman (instagram.com/sweetsadiekona) and Capt. Sam Choy Jr. (instagram.com/siesta_sportfishing_kona) For years, captains and crew would take production hooks and emulate such an outside cutting point but tooling would often overheat the hook material, render it brittle, and result in broken tips.
This is the most custom hook FUDO has produced; only two craftsmen in the FUDO factory are skilled enough to shape the outside cutting point by hand. Like all FUDO Hooks, the Super Ocean Kona Cut hook is made one at a time and features premium Japanese stainless steel material.
From FUDO on the Sta-Stuk technology:
Sta-Stuk is a revolutionary and PATENTED (US Patent #10405529) big-game hook design that is proven to improve your hookup ratio when targeting big game species. The brainchild of Release Marine’s founder Sam Peters, the Sta-Stuk idea and concept has been proven to be the most effective trolling hook for offshore sportfishing. Tested world-wide over the last 5 years and endorsed by Top Captains Including Marty Bates of Cape Verde/La Onda Milla fame.
HOW IT WORKS
A fish hook is nothing more than a lever, with the hook shank serving the purpose of driving the point home. However, once hooked, the shank creates rotational torque during the fight, which often results in a pulled hook as it twists out of the fish.
Using a system of sleeves and welded rings, the Sta-Stuk hook remains intact on the initial bite, separating only at a specific amount of pressure. By reducing the length of the shank, the design reduces the amount of rotational torque created during the fight and lowering the amount of pulled and thrown hooks.
The design has undergone significant field-testing in Cape Verde, Costa Rica, the United States and elsewhere since 2017. After surpassing 100 individually logged blue marlin bites in 2021, the hookup-to-release ratio was 75 percent.
Sta-Stuk consists of a FUDO Hook body with welded rings as well as an inner sleeve and an outer sleeve. To use, simply line up the welded rings along the slots in the sleeves and gently squeeze the sleeves together with needle-nose pliers to form a single unit. These products have been made to exacting tolerances with specific breaking points to ensure the Sta-Stuk system works as designed.
The Sta-Stuk design is protected by a United States Utility Patent #10405529 as the world’s first fish hook composed of multiple pieces which is designed to separate under a specified amount of pressure in order to reduce the rotational torque on the shank.
SPECS & FEATURES
- Improved hookup ratio
- Reduction of rotational torque on the shank
- Designed to separate at a specific amount of pressure
- Protected by a United States Utility Patent
- Proven to work in marlin fisheries worldwide
HOW TO FISH STA-STUK HOOKS
The preferred lure-rigging method incorporates 400-pound-test multi-strand cable, with the hook as far back in the lure as deemed legal by the IGFA—the hook eye covered in the lure skirt.
The outrigger clips should be set and tested to release at 12 pounds of pressure. The drag setting on the reel at strike should be set at 20 pounds of pressure. This ensures that the hook point is driven into the fish by the outrigger clip on the initial bite, and the strike drag is sufficient to separate the clips on the shank of the hook, reducing rotational torque during the fight. After a few seconds at 20 pounds of drag on the reel, the setting can be raised or lowered as needed during the fight.
The following hook sizes are available to order: