Snelling straight-shanked hooks when punching for bass has become accepted as the way to go because setting the hook causes it to push against the weight and kick outward.
In fact, LouisianaSportsman.com has run stories praising the technique.
But is it really better than just tying a palomar knot?
Bassmaster Elite Series pro Brandon Palaniuk — who spends a lot of time on the water — isn't so convinced.
His concern is simple: Does the kick-out attitude of a snelled straight-shanked hook make it harder for the point to make contact?
Watch this video to hear Palaniuk walk through the pros and cons of the two options for tying on straight-shanked hooks.