The Softbait Release Connector made form biodegradable and transparent plastic may be used to improve the exposure, penetration,hook hold and landing rate on both normal stingers and release-rigs.
This connector may be used like the Gyro Release Connector on all sorts of soft baits to perfect the exposure and orientation with one hook away from the bait and two hook points towards the bait – in order to maximize penetration, depth of hook grip – and consequently also the landing rate, which is extremely high with this system due to the perfect position and orientation of the hook.
Using this simple connector or “hook holder is very simple”: 1) Push a 3 mm piece of silicone tube supplied in the bag – over the top of the connector. Ø 3,0 mm is standard, Ø 2,5 mm is used when you want the hook to sit a bit more tightly in the hook holder. 2) Push the spear into the belly of the soft bait – usually at the deepest point of the belly, in order to get the best lance and exposure of the hook. 3) Slide the hook into the claw of the Softbait Release Connector with a gentle movment, so you dont break the connector. How this is done is showed in the photos above – and explained in the book “Pike Fever” on pages 313-315. 4) Semi-fix the rear part of the hook link and fish.
Because this connector is shaped like a spear, it may also be used to perfect the exposure of your treble hook when fished on the back of a soft bait if you are fishing down deep and right above the bottom.
As a bottom fixed hook holder the Soft Bait Release Connector are especially good with soft baits fished at high speeds e.g. large and heavy in-line soft swim baits that often need a speed of 2,5-3,5 km/h to fish really well. The fact that the orientation of the connector as opposed to the Gyro Release Connector is perfectly locked, makes it impossible for the water to force the hooks too close to the body at high speed. This means that you can be sure that your hooks no matter how high the speed will always have the perfect position and exposure when using soft swimbaits. This connector may also be used with slowly fished baits such as shads or curly tails.
The hook is semi-fixed in the Softbait Release Connector as shown in the photo series in the photogallery above. Use gentle movements when sliding the hook into the Gyro Release Connector.
Read more about how to mount and use a Soft Bait Release Connectors in the book “Pike Fever”.
As mentioned above: These transparent Softbait Release Connectors are produced from biodegradable PLA bioplastic – Polylactic Acid. This material is a non-petroleum based plastic produced from renewable sources such as maize as opposed to traditional plastics which are derived from non-renewable fossil petroleum based fuels. PLA will normally degrade after 6-24 months in the water, where as conventional plastic will take hundreds to thousands years to degrade. Despite of this we still recommend you to re-cycle this material.
When fishing with soft baits such as shads – especially with free hanging release stingers, it is recommend to cast with an even acceleration or to use a multiplier. This will reduce the risk of hooks catching the main line in the cast to a minimum.