Fishing Gear photo

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Greetings from the ICAST show in Orlando, Florida, where the best, brightest, and – yes – weirdest new stuff in the fishing world premiers this week in a massive convention center. Looking around a preview last night, this giant hook caught my eye.


It’s a size 27/0 Mustad circle hook, which the maker says is the largest hook ever made for an actual fishing situation …

Circle hooks are for catch-and-release fishing. This one is designed for major predators such as great white sharks. It would presumably allow something like a 3,000-pound shark to be captured, held at boatside for tagging or whatever, and then released. Just reach down and unhook it. Yeah, right.

The hook is just unbelievable. I added a 25-cent piece in the center of the photo so you could better get the scale of the thing. Aside from catching a few neighborhood great whites, what else could you do with it? Looks as if I could keep one in the truck for latching on to the bumper of my wife’s car if and when she gets stuck in the snow. Any more ideas? –JM