Hooks and hook-sets should be checked for a variety of reasons. Even the sharpest J hooks are not always as sharp as they should be right out of the box, and most will even need a quick sharpening. Hooks coming in contact with weeds and other debris, or getting caught on cooler lids or any other equipment on the deck, can bend or break the point of the hook, causing them to be them ineffective. The friction created by the water against the hook when trolling will even decrease its sharpness. Circle hooks should be checked when taken out of the box for points that are bent over or that might have other factory defects. Also, make sure to check that hooks are riding properly in baits or lures, and inspect the leaders for nicks and cuts in monofilament or for sharp bends and kinks in wire. These precautions should be taken every time a lure or bait goes in the water.