The VMC Mystic Carp 7022 Wide Gape 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.

WIDE gapes are one of the most versatile hooks, capable of producing good hook-holds with a number of different presentations.

The 7022 models are light, sharp, strong and coated in PTFE, for improved penetration and less ‘flash’.

Their most attractive feature, in my eyes, is their slightly inturned, needle-sharp point, helping to prevent it from blunting over hard bottoms. Once you’ve hooked a fish, there’s little chance of the hook being pulled out during the fight.

They’ll suit a lot of hair-rigging situations, even a bit of floater fishing, and direct hooking – perfect when you’re stalking with corn, worms, crust or flake.

They come in sizes 2-10, in both micro barb and barbless (7022B) options.

Price: £3.49 for ten.

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