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I've found the Drennan Specialist in 14s wide gape are good for paste. But after that they are a bit thick when finer, lighter hooks are available. We are restricted to a size 12s on our water. I thought at the start that was crazy for such big fish, but I was wrong. A size 12 QM1 will land any fish where I fish easy. What I think is the shape does (QM1) not put any pressure on the bend to straighten when in the mouth. But on the eye and thicker parts, very well designed I believe.
 

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Commercials - B911
Canal silvers - Fox MP 1 for pinkie etc. sadly no longer available but I have a few tucked away. Senses 3530 for punch fishing.
 

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You've still got some original 90340's ? You're a god. Best hook ever. A hook well before its time. 👍
I also have a stock of 90340's I bought a tackle shops entire stock when they closed down back in the 80's, they certainly did come in odd number sizes as well as the more normal even numbers, running very low on 18's, 19's and 20's though got at least a couple of unopened boxes of 50 in all of the other sizes though
 

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I'm getting to a stage when I could possibly just have maybe 4 styles of hook, in various sizes? QM1 for carp and barbel pellets. MWG for carp, tench, bream other baits. Drennan wide gape general big fish, Guru maggot for all trotting and lighter fishing. Maybe??
 

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Yeah I generally only have 4 or 5 patterns at one time with generally about 3 sizes each.
 

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Favourite hook Preston 412. But if I had to choose 1 hook to fish with it would be the kamasan b911 in all it’s guises
 

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I also have a stock of 90340's I bought a tackle shops entire stock when they closed down back in the 80's, they certainly did come in odd number sizes as well as the more normal even numbers, running very low on 18's, 19's and 20's though got at least a couple of unopened boxes of 50 in all of the other sizes though
Strange is that John. I never did see uneven numbered 90340's in the eighties. All our hooks at that time were bought from Dick and Dave Cleggs ( Cleggy's ) on Doncaster road, Barnsley. Maybe if Id have traveled over to Bennets in Sheffield ( much larger shop ) they may have had some uneven numbered 90340's. Until Sean mentioned them yesterday I hadnt heard of them from that era. So thats why us raggy Barnsley anglers struggled to beat the Trentmen ? They had better hooks. 😆😆
 

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Nah, Bennett’s never really stocked anything other than the obvious choice end tackle. You’d have been better off across the road at calcotts, proper Aladdin’s cave that was
 

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Is that the new version of the PR36 by any chance Paul ?
No it’s their new Teflon coated general purpose hook to compete with B911, Drennan Wide Gape Pellet. 0.12mm to 0.16mm for me. I used the Drennan for 9 years but noticed an improvement with the gpm. The KKMB is the new PR36, I also like them a lot.
 

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No it’s their new Teflon coated general purpose hook to compete with B911, Drennan Wide Gape Pellet. 0.12mm to 0.16mm for me. I used the Drennan for 9 years but noticed an improvement with the gpm. The KKMB is the new PR36, I also like them a lot.
Gotcha. 👍. I'm asking as I'm starting to run short of PR36's and they're getting harder and harder to find. Especially in size 18. Cheers fella. Much appreciated. 👍
 

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Strange is that John. I never did see uneven numbered 90340's in the eighties. All our hooks at that time were bought from Dick and Dave Cleggs ( Cleggy's ) on Doncaster road, Barnsley. Maybe if Id have traveled over to Bennets in Sheffield ( much larger shop ) they may have had some uneven numbered 90340's. Until Sean mentioned them yesterday I hadnt heard of them from that era. So thats why us raggy Barnsley anglers struggled to beat the Trentmen ? They had better hooks. 😆😆
The odd numbered 90340s were a relaunch by Mustad in or around 1990, they also did a barbed version (90342) at that time. iirc the packaging was a two tone affair.
IMO - slightly finer wire than the previous version, which were even numbers and came in plastic boxes of 50 with a blue & white label.
I have 20s of this older version - some of the packets have a longer, slightly curved point (whether this was manufacturing inconsistency or a change in pattern I don't know).

There was another relaunch under the long point branding around the turn of the millenium (search mustad 90340 on ebay for examples)

I've read somewhere that the holy grail 90340 were even older and came in paper packets.
 

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Tubertini serie 2 - I've always liked a round bend with a longer shank for caster fishing. Also a decent hook for hemp & tare.
 

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The odd numbered 90340s were a relaunch by Mustad in or around 1990, they also did a barbed version (90342) at that time. iirc the packaging was a two tone affair.
IMO - slightly finer wire than the previous version, which were even numbers and came in plastic boxes of 50 with a blue & white label.
I have 20s of this older version - some of the packets have a longer, slightly curved point (whether this was manufacturing inconsistency or a change in pattern I don't know).

There was another relaunch under the long point branding around the turn of the millenium (search mustad 90340 on ebay for examples)

I've read somewhere that the holy grail 90340 were even older and came in paper packets.
I still have some in the small cardboard boxes with the hooks wrapped in a paper sleeve inside, they moved over to the small plastic boxes probably around the mid to late 80's, the ones I bought from the tackle shop sale were a mix of both of these packets although there appears to be no difference in the hooks , I supplemented this stock as and when I could which probably explains where my 19's and 23's come from as I think it would be around 1990 that I bought from the tackle shop closure sale
 

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The odd numbered 90340s were a relaunch by Mustad in or around 1990, they also did a barbed version (90342) at that time. iirc the packaging was a two tone affair.
IMO - slightly finer wire than the previous version, which were even numbers and came in plastic boxes of 50 with a blue & white label.
I have 20s of this older version - some of the packets have a longer, slightly curved point (whether this was manufacturing inconsistency or a change in pattern I don't know).

There was another relaunch under the long point branding around the turn of the millenium (search mustad 90340 on ebay for examples)

I've read somewhere that the holy grail 90340 were even older and came in paper packets.
That’s right. The older packets came in plain paper packets and were sold in packets of 100. Au lion D’or were sold in a similar format. The good old days hey NCP ? 👍
 
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