The VMC 7023 Long Straight Shank Hooks come under the beady eye of Angler's Mail tackle editor Richard Howard. He's the No.1 products inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week.

LONG SHANK hooks can be overlooked by anglers targeting big carp, but they can be useful for catching those tricky fish.

This VMC 7023 Long Straight Shank pattern looks ideal for balanced and bottom baits, from single boilies to snowman presentations.

Fished with a ‘kicker’ and a little tubing, to trap the hair down the shank, they should flip over when a fish picks up the bait, with the long, straight point ‘nailing’ fish in the bottom lip.

These carp hooks are needle-sharp, to help them take hold at the first opportunity, and a PTFE coating helps them pull home.

They come in barbed and barbless formats, in sizes 4, 6 and 8.

Price: £3.99.

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