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April 29, 2007
Not sure about using cotter pins instead of eye hooks. There's some guy's that know a lot about making great musky baits here, I'm not one of them..LOL! But, here's a pic of a solid musky bait my buddy put together. It involved some 2 ton epoxy, bucker split rings, VMC hooks and super glue (I think) to hold in the hook eyes.
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I THINK Suick does this, and probably a bunch of others I don't know. The Suick countersinks their cotter-pin-like hook eyes (I'm guessing) so the split ring can be as close to the body as possible and still have freedom of movement. (decreased hook fouling) Not sure of any other reasons to do it, I'm sure some of the guys that know more about their lures would know though. It might throw even back to when Suick had a body that released on a strike. But if you want to do it, I'd follow their design and use a through body pin and bend/secure into the top of the body.