Glenn May: Hey, folks. Glenn May here withBassResource. com. I’m here at ICAST 2015 atthe Mustad booth. Look who I found, KevinVanDam. Kevin, thanks for being with us today. Kevin VanDam: Oh, man, I’m glad to be here. Hooks are a really, really, really big deal. If you’re a bass angler like myself, that’syour direct connection to the fish so we takeit really seriously. The great thing is theguys at Mustad understand that, and they allowus to design the types of hooks that we needto be very specific. That’s what everybodywants to have, is they’ve got to have theperfect hook for your soft plastic or forwhatever crank bait or jerk bait it is. Sowe’re getting more and more specialized everyyear, and that’s with the new hooks that I’vegot today to show you. That’s exactly whatthey’re for. Glenn: Yeah, tell me what you have here. Kevin: Well first off, in treble hooks, we’vegot a lot of them. The KVD Treble has reallyset the standard in crank bait fishing. Butwe want to be on the cutting edge and alwayshave those specialized applications. So wecame out with a new round bend. It’s extrastrength, extra, extra short shank on it,and it comes from an eight all the way upto a number two, and we do a three and a fivetoo. So it’s eight, six, four, three, five,we got all those sizes . . . Glenn: You can fit them just about any crankbait, huh?Kevin: For small square bills, you can putan over-sized hook that’s going to be realstrong so you can fish it on heavy line andhave a hook that’s not going to tangle, andit’s an ultra-point too so you know it’s supersharp. So it’s just real short so you canget it to fit on just about any bait. So veryspecialized, a deal, but something that’sreally important if you’re a bass fishermanlike myself. Glenn: Absolutely. Yeah, that’s critical,making sure that that hook doesn’t get caughtup in that line when you cast it out there,and it’s going to tangle your bait. That’sa great . . . Kevin: You want to be able to have it holdup to 14 or 17 pound line without flexingit out. So you don’t have to go to a smallhook to have it tangle, you can still havea strong hook and get the performance youneed. Glenn: Right. That makes total sense. Kevin: So that’s a key treble hook. We’vegot the new light wire version of the KVDGrip-Pin. So it’s an offset, wide gap, ultra-pointhook, but it’s got that Grip-Pin on there. So when you rig your soft plastic on there,it’s not going to slide down, it’s not goingto ball up on the hook, and you’re not goingto use near as many baits. When you catcha fish on it, it’s not necessarily going totear up. So we’ve had this in the line inthe past with just a standard wire, but nowwe got a new light wire version. So for alot of your finesse applications, soft stickworms, things like that where you want a lightwire hook to have a slower fall or lighterline application, we’ve got the light wireversion of that now too. Glenn: You can Texas rig some drop shots withthat. Kevin: Absolutely. It goes all the way downto a number four so you can put some verysmall finesse baits on there. You can alsogo up to a big seven inch stick worm too witha 6/0. So we’ve got all the sizes there tobe able to make that work. Then last but notleast, for anybody that’s a big fan of throwingbraided line and flipping heavy cover, we’vegot an extra heavy duty version of the Grip-PinMax. So this hook, we have in a standard. It’s pretty heavy to begin with, and it comeswith a black Grip-Pin. So we made this onered so you can tell them apart in your tacklebox. So you know-, you can see . . . Glenn: That is really stout. Kevin: It’s built for flipping mats and thingslike that with 65 pound braid. So this hookis not going to flex. Again, it’s an ultra-pointso even though it’s a big diameter, you canreally drive it home. All specialty bass hooks. . . the Grip-Pin is just a real game changerthough for fishing soft plastics. It’s moldedon there, it doesn’t bend, it doesn’t slidedown. It’s the best hook keeper system thereis on the planet, and it makes a big difference. You’re going to catch more bass because youuse that Grip-Pin on there. Glenn: You know, there’s a lot of innovationsI see coming out of Mustad. What type of thingsdo you see . . . where are hooks going inthe future? What kind of trends are you seeing?Kevin: Well, it’s amazing to me that we continueto keep doing this. Just in the last fiveyears, the technology has gotten better towhere everything’s better. We’re buildingstronger hooks, better tampering, better finishes,all these unique applications designs, andthat’s the thing. It’s just getting more andmore specialized. I think what we’re goingto see a lot in the future is a lot more finessetype applications. Some of the places, especiallyaround the world, they’re getting a lot morepressure. So you’re going to see some specialtyrigging hooks, some specialty applications,and a lot more, I think lighter wire versions. So that’s one of the things we looked at thisyear. Glenn: Fantastic. Well, thanks for spendingtime with us today, Kevin. Appreciate it. Mustad hooks, check them out.