Mustad Debuts new Shark Release Hook at ICAST

Miami, Fla. – In its continued support of the world’s fisheries, Mustad is pleased to announce its Needle Eye Release Circle hook, at the ICAST sportfishing trade show in Orlando.

The newest member of the popular Demon Perfect Circle hook series, the new Shark Release Hook (Ref. No 39937NNP-DT) is designed for catch-and-release anglers targeting large species like mako and tiger sharks, and is excellent for other giants like goliath grouper. 

These hooks feature a special Needle Eye with Rigging Channel. The eye is actually a hole drilled and chamfered to accommodate 5,000-pound cable, which is popular for this style fishing. The rigging channel is designed to ensure that cable and crimps are drawn as tight as possible to the hook, helping to prevent a large loop of cable at the point where the hook and leader come together.

The release operation is the opposite of reversing the hook out of the fish’s mouth.  The line is cut, and the hook and can be leader pulled from the point through the jaw of the fish. The rigging channel helps to ensure that the looped cable connection is as small as possible to minimize impact on the fish.  

A common complaint when fishing barbless hooks for large shark species is that they can back out and re-penetrate into a fish multiple times during a fight. The Shark Release Hook is fitted with a “micro-barb” for positive hook sets and to help ensure that the hook does not back out during the fight. 

The hooks feature a corrosion-resistant Duratin finish, and are available in sizes 20/0 and 24/0.

About Mustad

Since 1877, more anglers have trusted Mustad to catch their fish of a lifetime than any other brand. Sold in more than 160 countries, Mustad hooks are the world’s best-selling fishhooks, and are regarded for their strength, sharpness, and quality. Every Mustad fishhook is made from wire drawn at the Mustad Factory, in operation for more than 180 years in the town of Gjovik, Norway. Mustad is the only company in the world that controls all phases of fishhook production from wire to finish. Mustad products include UltraPoint Hooks, Mustad Classic Hooks, Signature Fly Hooks, as well as terminal tackle and tools. Mustad’s portfolio of legendary hook styles include KVD Elite Series Treble Hooks, Slow Death Hooks, Demon Perfect Circle Hooks, and the ground-breaking Grip-Pin Series.

For more information on Mustad’s newly expanded lineup of products, call 305-925-9972; write to O. Mustad & Son Americas., 3250 NE 1st Avenue, Suite 210, Miami, Florida 33137; visit www.mustad-fishing.com; and follow us on Instagram (@MustadHooks) and Facebook (@MustadAmericas).