Gardner Tackle Covert Hook Review.
By Mike Kavanagh (Carpworld magazine, October 2010)
You may have noticed that Gardner Tackle has joined the ranks of other suppliers who has gone over to hooks with anti-glare finish rather than stick with the standard shiny nickel-type coating.
However, most of the dull finish hooks supplied by others are Teflon-coated, which is where Gardner part company.
The entire new look Covert hook range has been plated not coated; the problem with Teflon coating is that it can thicken the wire and produce rust spots often found around the eye.
I’ve also noticed that some Teflon-coated points can blunt very quickly.
Another observation Gardner have obviously picked up on too is that matt/dull metal can sometimes
stand out on a lake bottom more than metal that has an element of sheen.
I noticed that myself fairly recently when I compared two hooks, one with a matt coating and one without, on a weedy bottom.
The water was crystal clear and it was a bright sunny day with good light penetration, the nickel-coated hook stood out less because it was reflecting the light along with the tiny bubbles attached to the strands of weed. Conversely, the dull finish hook wasn’t reflecting light and stood out like a sore thumb.
To me, a coating somewhere in between the dull and shiny nickel finish would have been the best option.
Don’t get me wrong, that observation doesn’t apply to every type of lake bottom or influence from light.
However, Gardner point out that their unique plated finish is the least reflective and mimics the light that surrounds it.
I would agree with that but from my point of view, because the coating produces a slight sheen at certain angles.
I think it’s the perfect in between compromise I mentioned I would have liked when I compared those
two hooks in the weed.
That might sound like I’m contradicting Gardner’s description of the plated finish, but it’s not meant to because I think it’s spot on. I can see how a plated coating could be superior as well, and, as Gardner
say, produce sharper, stronger hookpoints and better performance.
The fact is, the range of hook patterns they supply already has a well-earned pedigree and can only benefit from the improved Covert plated finish.