There is, however, a tragic and built-in rub to buying gear for a sportsman, which is that it’s impossible. Say you’ve learned that your obsessed bass angler favors Gamakatsu extra-wide-gap 4/0 worm hooks with an offset shank. You knock yourself out to get these exact hooks. But when he opens the gift, you can tell—because of his lopsided smile and his overloud use of the word wonderful, which is not a word he has ever used before—that these are not the exact right hooks. Turns out, you bought the Gamakatsu EWG 4/0 worm hooks with offset shanks designed for superline rather than regular line. This may seem like an insanely tiny distinction. But the sad, unjust, and inescapable fact is that these are the kind of tiny details bass nuts notice.