What does TroKar mean?
The term TroKar comes from the word, Trocar, which is a medical instrument with a sharply pointed end, often three-sided. In modern times, surgical trocars are used to perform laparoscopic surgery and are deployed when the utmost sharpness and ease of penetration is needed.
What makes Lazer TroKar so different?
The Lazer TroKar hooks are not made like any other hook in the world. TroKar hooks use Surgically Sharpened Technology to grind and hone a three-sided symmetrical point that is scalpel sharp and capable of penetrating and withstanding the toughest membranes and cartilage.
What is Surgically Sharpened Technology and where did it come from?
Surgically Sharpened Technology, or SST, is the term used to describe the one-of-a-kind machinery and manufacturing techniques used to make the TroKar hook. SST comes from the medical field, where the sharpest instruments in the world are developed for all types of medical and veterinary medicine. Lazer TroKar worked hand-in-hand with one of the worlds leading manufacturers of surgical grade needles to develop and engineer a point specifically designed for fishing.
Where are Lazer TroKar hooks made?
TroKar hooks are proud to be the only premium brand of fishhooks to be made in the United States of America. Made in Denver, Colorado by a team of dedicated American workers, the TroKar hooks help to employ hundreds and are emblematic of America’s finest craftsmanship and engineering.
Exactly how sharp are these hooks?
In tests comparing the sharpness of TroKar hooks against other leading brands, the Surgically Sharpened TroKar hook consistently pierced a test medium with half the pressure required for other hooks. TroKar < 60g, Competitors hooks > 120g.
What makes TroKar’s point so durable?
Each TroKar hook has a special and unique point ratio that has been specifically designed for its technique. The TroKar point was developed to mimic the strongest natural shape in nature, a three sided triangle. Used to support span-bridges and skyscrapers, the triangular point helps to disperse pressure amongst its 3 symmetrical sides, allowing for a sticky sharp point all day long.
“I love the durability of these hooks,” says Jason Williamson, “You can catch a fish on a TroKar, re-adjust your bait and continue to fish with the same hook.”
What kind of metal is used for Lazer TroKar hooks?
Lazer TroKar uses a special and proprietary high-carbon steel called Q741. This unique blend was specially created for the TroKar hooks. The wire contains increased carbon content and reduced impurities, allowing for a much higher tensile strength.
How are the hooks tempered?
The tempering process for the Lazer TroKar hooks is specifically tailored for the Q741 wire. In our heat-treat lab, we specifically manipulate the molecular structure of the high carbon steel wire, bringing out the maximum strength and imparting just the right amount of flex to resist breaking.
What makes TroKar hooks hold so tight?
All TroKar hooks employ a low-profile barb that is designed for easier penetration, yet ultimate holding power. The precise angle of the barb was determined using highly specific geometric calculations.
Are TroKar hooks corrosion resistant?
Yes, all TroKar hooks are finished in our black chrome auto-catalytic plating process which ensures a sultry and sexy finish that is not only pretty but functional as well, providing for corrosion protection in both salt and freshwater.
Do you ever need to sharpen TroKar hooks?
The three-sided symmetrical point of the TroKar hook is especially conducive to sharpening and makes the process very easy by simply following the natural contours of the hook. We suggest relying on common sense, and if the point of the hook seems to be dulled from bouncing off rip-rap or debris, a few strokes with a fine-grained hook hone will easily help to add sharpness to the point.
Is the wire size of these hooks comparable to competitors?
TroKar hooks are made using a bolstered wire diameter giving serious anglers a stouter hook that allows for aggressive hook-sets and intense fights. Normally increasing wire size is a detriment to a hook, as traditional point geometries would inherently become less sharp. However, the TroKar point is able to achieve such a high level of sharpness that it is able to function just as well on a stouter hook.
What is the TroKar B.A.R.B and its advantages?
The TroKar B.A.R.B., or Bait Alignment & Retention Barb, is made using ultra-high grade, precision-machined molds and space age thermoplastics, improving on one of the most critical design elements of hooks for soft plastics. The TroKar B.A.R.B. was designed and engineered to allow anglers to use a wider variety of baits and put them through as much abuse as humanly possible—all while maintaining original bait placement and alignment.
Who designed the TroKar line of hooks?
Along with in-house experts, TroKar freshwater hooks were heavily influenced by the techniques and preferred methods of the world’s top Elite Series pro’s. The likes of Skeet Reese, Shaw Grigsby, Rick Clunn, Gerald Swindle, Brent Chapman,+ Jason Williamson, Jonathon VanDam and Scott Martin. The saltwater line-up was equally influenced by professional anglers such as Addictive Fishing TV host Blair Wiggins, Hook The Future TV host Don Dingman and full time charter captains Dave Kostyo and Mike Ellis.
What Style of hooks are available in the TroKar line?
Everything you need to catch a legend! TroKar’s line-up is well rounded and complete for today’s hard-core tournament angler. The TroKar lineup contains the following styles of hooks:
- Wacky Worm (TK97)
- Weedless Wacky Worm (TK97W)
- Round Bend Worm (TK100)
- Extra Wide Gap (TK110)
- Magworm, Extra Wide Gap (TK120)
- Magworm w/ B.A.R.B. (TK125)
- Flippin’ Hook (TK130)
- 30 Degree Swimbait (TK140)
- Drop Shot (TK150)
- Magnum Swimbait (TK160)
- Magnum Weighted Swimbait (TK170)
- Light Wire Finesse Worm (TK180)
- Tournament Tube (TK190)
- Re-Volve (TK220)
- Round Bend Treble (TK300)
- Extra Wide Gap Treble (TK310)
- Octopus Hook (TK400)
- Mooching Rig (TKMR)
- Lancet Offset Circle (TK3)
- Lancet Non-Offset Circle (TK4)
- AP Circle (TK5)
- Extreme Live Bait (TK7)
- Extreme Live Bait HD (TK8)
- Inshore Kahle (TK9)
- Saltwater Straight Shank (TK10)
- Big Nasty Extreme Octopus (TK11)
- 4x Treble (TK315)
Are there TroKar trebles available?
There are currently three styles of TroKar trebles available. The TK300 is a 2X Round Bend treble that is ideal for today’s wide selection of crankbaits. The TK300 is offered in sizes 2, 4, 5, 6. The TK310 is the 3X Extra Wide Gap treble and possesses an aggressive gap and wicked point angle to ensure you stay hooked up. The TK310 is offered in sizes 2, 4, 5, 6. The newest member of the team is the TK315 4X treble. Designed for heavy gear and heavy fish, this ultra strong treble will haul in the big boys. Offered in sizes 2, 4, 6.
What is the main difference between the TK110 EWG Worm and the TK120 MAGWORM?
The specific difference between these two Extra Wide Gap hooks boils down to wire diameter. The TK120 MAGWORM is the heavier wire version of the TK110. Built for super braids and stout rods, the TK120 is made to withstand the punishment of heavy cover fishing, all while maintaining an incredibly sharp point.
The TK130 is the Flippin’ & Pitchin’ hook. What makes this hook stand above the rest?
There are several specific characteristics to the TK130 which separate it from the crowd. The first reason is the TroKar B.A.R.B., which vastly improves bait alignment, retention and longevity. Secondly, the TK130 features a fully brazed eye which helps ensure a secure connection that resists fraying, nicking and scoring and is wholly designed for today’s braided lines.
Which hook does TroKar recommend for swimbaits?
Swimbait fishing has become very popular, and with an angler like Skeet Reese on our staff, we were sure to perfect our Swimbait hooks. There are three different styles of Swimbait hooks that TroKar recommends depending on the specific fishing conditions:
TK140 – 30 degree Swimbait hook with a spring keeper. Forged for extra-strength and available in sizes 4/0, 5/0, 6/0, 7/0. This is an un-weighted version that is also an ideal hook for many of today’s plastic frogs.
TK160 – Magnum Swimbait with a super wide gap. Designed for today’s larger swimbaits. Spring keeper helps keep bait attached and aligned. Un-weighted version that is available in sizes 3/0, 5/0, 7/0, 9/0
TK170 – Weighted Magnum Swimbait with a super wide gap. Weighted version. 3/0 = 1/8oz, 5/0 = 1/4oz, 7/0 = 3/8oz, 9/0 = 1/2oz.
Is there a hook which is designed specifically for drop-shot fishing?
Yes, the TK150 was designed in conjunction with the TroKar pro’s for drop-shot fishing. Its size and shape were specifically chosen for the unique presentation and technique. Offered in sizes 1 & 1/0, the TK150 is suitable for a variety of clear water situations. Gerald Swindle often uses the
TK180 Finesse Worm hook as well in a drop-shot situation. This light-wire finesse worm hook is ideal for delicate presentations and also comes with the TroKar B.A.R.B. for added benefit.
In the Saltwater line up, there are three circle hooks and two live bait hooks, what are the differences?
The main difference in these hooks boils down to wire diameters and offsets. In the circle hooks the TK3 & TK4 have a slightly heavier diameter than the TK5 AP Circle. The TK3 and the TK4 differ only in their geometry, as the TK3 has an offset point design the TK4 has an in-line Tournament Approved Non-Offset Design
In regards to the TK7 Extreme Live Bait & the TK8 Extreme Live Bait HD, the key difference lies in the wire diameter. The TK8 HD, or heavy duty, employs a much stouter wire diameter, resulting in a stronger and more durable hook for catching bigger fish.
Is there an assortment of TroKar hooks available?
There are 3 unique assortments of TroKar hooks available:
TKELITE: 50 hook assortment complete with FREE carrying case and sticker. Contains the best selling TroKar hooks in a variety of sizes.
TKMINIELITE2: Pitchin’ & Heavy Cover. 15 TroKar hooks specifically designed for fishing in thick cover conditions and pitchin’ & flippin’. Contains 3ea of the TK120-4/0 & 5/0 Magworm, and 3ea of the TK130-4/0, 5/0, 6/0 Flippin’ hook. Complete with FREE carrying case and sticker.
TKMINIELITE3: Carolina & Texas Rig. 15 TroKar hooks specifically designed for the most common rigging techniques in bass fishing. Contains 3ea of the TK100-3/ & 4/0 HD Worm and 3ea of the TK110-2/0, 3/0, 4/0 Extra Wide Gap worm. Complete with FREE carrying case and sticker.
Are there any current lure manufacturer’s using TroKar hooks?
Yes, in fact there are several such as War Eagle, Tightlines, L & S Bait Company, Do-It Corporation, DOA, Limit Manufacturing, Doctor Spinnerbait, Buckeye Lures, Jewel Bait Company, Pepper Baits and Luck E Strike. All of these companies manufacture premium baits or jigs featuring TroKar hooks.
Can TroKar hooks be used in fresh and saltwater?
Yes, TroKar hooks can be used in either marine environment. In fact, starting in 2013 TroKar has a whole line specifically dedicated to saltwater enthusiasts. This line includes circle hooks in a variety of styles, live bait hooks, kahle and straight shanks. Not to mention the Big Nasty Extreme Octopus and our heavy duty TK315 4X treble.
How do TroKar Saltwater hooks differ from the freshwater hooks in terms of their plating/finish?
TroKar Saltwater hooks receive special care when it comes to their plating. We employ a unique and extended plating process that builds an increased layer of protective finishes on the Q741 carbon steel. These extra layers of corrosion resistant metals help to ensure extended life and fishing time for the TroKar hook when exposed to saltwater.
What type of fishing situations should I use a TroKar hook?
Just about any fishing situation you encounter is easily matched with one of the numerous styles of TroKar hooks offered. From pitchin’ into hydrilla for a giant largemouth to rigging crabs for the Tarpon of a lifetime, TroKar has you covered. However, there is one situation which Shaw Grigsby refuses to tie on a TroKar, “I won’t use these hooks when I’m pre-fishing for a tournament, they are way too sharp. Normally, I try to shake the bass off once he commits to my bait, but I can’t do that with the TroKar hooks because so they are so sharp and penetrate so easily.”
Does TroKar sponsor any professional level bass anglers?
There are eight professional bass anglers on the TroKar pro-staff:
- Skeet Reese-15 years pro, 59 Top 10 finishes, 2009 Classic Champion, 2007 AOY
- Shaw Grigsby-28 years pro, 56 Top 10 finishes
- Rick Clunn-39 years pro, 145 Top 10 finishes, 4-time Classic Champion
- Gerald Swindle-17 years pro, 38 Top 10 finishes, 2004 AOY
- Brent Chapman-17 years pro, 26 Top 10 finishes
- Jason Williamson-5 years pro, 10 Top 10 finishes
- Jonathon VanDam-2 years pro, 6 Top 10 finishes
- Scott Martin-12 years pro, 25 Top 10 finishes
Can anyone put the Lazer TroKar logo on their boat, jersey or other location?
Anyone interested in displaying the Lazer TroKar logo, or variations there of, need to first have direct written approval from Lazer TroKar. Interested parties should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more informatioin.
How much do TroKar hooks cost?
Indeed, TroKar are hooks are the priciest on the market, and for good reason. Superior raw materials, a proprietary grinding process that utilizes today’s most advanced technology, enhanced tempering and finishing, B.A.R.B.’s made to hold bait’s longer, and of course the superior and scary sharp point that has made TroKar the go to hook for so many tournament pro’s. TroKar Freshwater hooks retail for around $7 per pack, while the Saltwater lineup of hooks retails for around $18.
Are TroKar hooks guaranteed against defect?
TroKar stands by the workmanship and quality of all its products and encourages anglers to come forward if they experience any problems or defects with workmanship. Please contact HYPERLINK “mailto:email@example.com” firstname.lastname@example.org for prompt and reliable customer service.
TroKar hooks are packaged differently than other brands, is there a reason?
TroKar uses a unique hook pack that cradles the TroKar hooks in an effort to minimize any damage to the point or scratching and scarring of the protective coating used for corrosion resistance. This premium packaging also let’s the consumer get a full view of the hook from nearly every angle.
How many hooks come in a retail pack of Lazer TroKar?
Quantities vary depending on the size and style of hook. The general rule of thumb is the smaller the hook, the more in the pack. The TK150-1 Dropshot and TK4-8/0 Circle hook contain 7 hooks, while the TK170-9/0 Weighted Magnum Swimbait contains 2 hooks. Many of the new Saltwater styles contain 10 or more hooks.
Where can I purchase TroKar hooks?
Lazer TroKar hooks are available at a wide variety of stores throughout the country and online. Wal-Mart, Bass Pro Shops, Cabelas, Academy, Tackle Warehouse and Dick’s Sporting Goods are a few of the more popular retailers that are proud to offer Lazer TroKar hooks. Check online at HYPERLINK “http://www.lazertrokar.com” www.lazertrokar.com for a full store locator.