1 THERE’S A TIME AND A PLACE
Okay, so it’s all the rage with big-fish anglers, but the first thing we have to ask ourselves is whether sharpening your hooks is really necessary?
The guys who spend limitless hours SHARPNING every single hook point with near-surgical precision are normally those who are chasing one life-changing fish and, so, it 'makes perfect sense to have a needle sharp hook. It makes perfect sense, right? Of course it does, as you can take no risks when it comes to that fish of a lifetime.so you need to choose the best file for the job to get that needle sharp hook
2 CHOOSE YOUR FILE
Okay, so you’ve decided sharpen your hooks; how are you going to do it and with what? There are a host of sharpening tools available these days, both from within the angling companies and without.
I've gone through quite a few files in my day and found the taska diamond flat file the best one for the job, and it wont cost you the earth when you buy one and is the choice of a lot of top anglers I've found it best to stick to one from the tackle company's
3 CHECK THOSE POINTS
It goes without saying that you should always check the points of your hooks, regardless of whether you intend to sharpen them or not. Quality control these days on all tackle tends to be good, but now and then a rogue hook might slip into your packet so it pays to check each one before you tie a rig.
4 HOOK STORAGE
If the hooks that you use come in the soft plastic packs then this one tends not to be too much of
an issue, but if they are in boxes then I like to use some foam or something to pack them out and keep the hooks from moving around too much
so, you might think that storing them more carefully once they’re in your own possession might be pointless. However, the way I see it is that it won’t cost you fish by doing it, so why not… every little helps,
5 BEAKED-POINT HOOKS
There are generally two styles of point that you’ll be dealing with, namely straight points and beaked points (the latter being when the point curves inwards slightly). These beaked-pointed hooks take a little more consideration when sharpening as you have to be sympathetic to this curve. It’s easy enough doing the outside of the curve but when filing the inside it’s important to take extra care and not do the opposite of what you’re intending by actually blunting the point itself.
6 MAKE A SMOOTH STROKE
The action of actually sharpening the hook itself is not as straightforward as you might think. I’ve watched people butcher a hook with a file that’s far too coarse
A smooth stroke is vital, and keep it consistent throughout. No jolty, jagged moves, just a long sweep and in one direction only, never back and forwards on the same area. Take your time, keep it smooth and get it right. The best way i have found to get a needle sharp hook is to do 4 slow strokes on the top of the hook then followed by 4 strokes on each side until its needle sharp
7 PROTECT YOUR Work
Particularly these days with Teflon-coated hooks, once you take a file to them you expose the raw steel beneath, which is generally an untreated material. So, to avoid this exposed steel from rusting, you need to protect it with something that will repel water and not just wash off the moment that the rig crashes onto the surface.
There are all sorts of different stuff used for this, from the very basic to the insanely expensive Vaseline is as good a bet as anything, and it’s cheap and easy to get hold of. Just a slight smear to cover the exposed steel is more than enough ,so give it a go it will def get you that extra bite