Gardner Covert Dark Wide Gape Talon Tip Hooks
The Covert Dark Wide Gape Talon Tip is the latest incarnation in a long line of ‘Talon Tip’
beaked point hooks; with the latest version being given the full Covert Dark upgrade starting
with the all important beaked point itself.
We have changed the shape and length of the Wide Gape Talon Tip’s point; so it is now a lovely
sweeping curve that’s longer, slimmer and much sharper than before.
These new longer points are a major improvement that ensures the hook pricks even
quicker and penetrates easier.
This latest Covert Dark version features the new stripped down Covert Dark plating. This matt finish
still offers excellent camouflage but it also ensures that we keep the hook points absolutely pristine
and razor sharp. Covert Dark is a super thin single electroplated layer; and the reduction in handling
during the finishing process ensures that the points remain as sharp as the moment they were made.
Gardner has also upgraded all the patterns in the Covert Dark hook range changing form standard
to a micro barb format. This change offers two major benefits. Firstly, many commercial fisheries
require anglers to use patterns with small barbs as it is kinder to the fish’s mouth, and secondly
micro barbed hooks are stronger as less wire is cut out to form the barb.
The combination of a 5° in-turned eye and the beaked point on the Wide Gape Talon Tip certainly
creates extremely positive hook holds as the angle is set at the optimum angle of drawer to make
sure the hook goes in and stays in. Essentially the way in which the hook penetrates, as it is pulled
in by the directional force created by the hook eye, is simply perfect.
The major advantage of a beaked point relates to how the point first takes hold.
When it starts to grip the angle of the point naturally helps keep the hook point in position,
even if the fish is trying to shake the rig free (this is particularly useful if you’re angling on a
barbless rules venue). Another benefit is that the point is less likely to be turned over or damaged
when you fishing over gravel or other rough types of lake bed, typically big stones that make up
spoil bars on gravel pits.
Covert Dark Wide Gape Talon Tips are manufactured from the same ‘bomb proof’ super strong
forged wire of the original Talon Tip patterns.
Gardner Dark Wide Gape Talon Tip hooks feature:
COVERT DARK matt finish.
Medium shank and 5 degree in-turned eye.
Longer, sharper, chemically etched beaked point.
Manufactured from Extra strong forged, double tempered high carbon steel wire for strength.
Supplied as 10 hooks per packet.