These 4-pack treble hook replacement kits come complete and pre-assembled with four hooks, glow tubing, and four VMC SSSR#3 stainless steel split rings for attachment to your MAL Lure. You will need a pair of split ring pliers to easily install the split ring onto the MAL Lure.
There are five hook choices for replacement of the standard #4 treble hook:
Option 1: Standard #4 treble hook exactly matching the #4 treble hook on the MAL Lure (VMC 9650 BZ)
Option 2: Short shank #4 treble hook designed to account for the additional length added by the split ring used to attach the hook to the MAL Lure (VMC 9651 BN)
Option 3: Heavy #4 treble hook made with 4x wire intended to withstand more abuse than a standard treble (VMC 9626 BN)
Option 4: Extra heavy #4 treble hook made with 6x wire. This is the heaviest treble hook available in this size (VMC 8527 CB)
Option 5: Barbless #4 treble hook exactly matching the #4 treble hook on all MAL Barbless models (VMC 9648 BZ)
These are intended to replace the treble hook on all MAL Lures except the MAL Heavy Lures with upsized #2 trebles. Although these #4 hooks are still suitable for that version, these hooks will be smaller than the #2 trebles found on that lure.
Who I Am
My name is Bob Maindelle. I was born into a fishing family in 1969 while my dad was serving in Vietnam. My earliest childhood memories revolve around angling. Pop Pop Hamilton was a commercial fisherman on the Mississippi, mom and dad went fishing on Clarks Hill Reservoir near Augusta, Georgia, on cheap dates as newlyweds, and Uncle Glenn ran a saltwater charter boat out of Shark River, NJ. I'm now happily married, live in Salado, Texas, right at the eastern edge of the Texas Hill Country, and am carrying on the family tradition. I have fished all over our nation in fresh waters and salt, and with all manner of gear and tackle. In 1991, I graduated from West Point (U.S. Military Academy) with a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental engineering, and spent 8 years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, followed by 9 years in industry as an environmental engineer. I retired in 2016 from full-time ministry as the Small Groups Pastor at a large church in central Texas. My business experience from my "previous life" and my flexible schedule allow me to operate "Holding The Line Guide Service" out of my home on the lakes of this region. I am physically fit, extremely well-organized, very methodical, self-disciplined and detail-oriented. I enjoy introducing beginners to the sport. I enjoy coaching those with a little experience. I enjoy fishing with great fishermen and picking up on tips and techniques from all over the country. I am not so prideful to think that I cannot still learn much from other further down the path than I.
Why I Fish
The pursuit of fish is, to me, an incomparable, lifelong challenge that tests the mind, the body, and even the will. The timeless variables of weather, wind, forage location, light, temperature and pressure prevent any one day's pursuit from being like the chase of any other day. Every sunrise holds new promise, every storm front brings change, every season nudges fish movements, and though the cycle has repeated since the beginning of time, I believe the code will never be fully deciphered. But there are some who understand parts of the code. I am one. And that understanding breeds a desire to preserve and to protect that same Creation that is pursued.
"Absolutely the consummate professional! He actually should start a school for want-to-be guides! I've been on at least 100 guided trips, NEVER had a guide in any field do the job Bob does!