The Shelton Release™ self releasing hook. The easy way to release fish!

Shelton Release™, are self releasing hooks for most types of fish. The Shelton Release™ has a sleeve that holds the hook in the straight position while fishing. After the angler catches the fish, the hook is removed by pulling the sleeve forward either by hand, trip rod or tag line. When the sleeve clears the shank of the hook, the hook is rotated at the eye located at the bottom of the hook by pulling on the main line. When the hook has rotated it will self releases.The ease of releasing will help prevent excessive handling in removing hooks of all types and configurations including lures and jigs. Super strong by design and has a built in line protector. They are available for salmon, a small version for fishing with floating baits and most types of fishing. Contact Shelton Products with your needs.


Picture of Shelton self releasing hook and how the Shelton release works.



Pictures of Shelton Products Shelton Release™ Shelton Release™ self releasing hooks. The only safe and practical way to release fish. Shown is the floating bait hook (short sleeve) and the worm hook for trout (long sleeve). This is how they are packaged and retail price is $3.50 per packaged rig. They are tied with Seaguar fluorocarbon line in 4 # test and 6# test leader line. They have proven to work extremely well in the clearest of mountain spring water lakes and as well in urban lakes with less clearer water.


Pictures of Shelton Products Shelton Release™ Shelton Release™ self releasing hooks. A picture of the #10 bait hook, #4 worm hook and #4 worm hook with outbarbs. The worm hooks come with a longer sleeve and or for trolling with night crawlers for trout. Use the Shelton bait threader to thread the worm. They are great for bass fishing with plastic worms. You place the plastic worm on hook Texas rig style. Super for cat fishing, steelhead and stripers.


Pictures of Shelton Products Shelton Release™

Shelton Release™ self releasing hooks. A picture of the release sequence of a typical trout where hook is caught in the throat. So simple, it's like magic. You do not have to net the fish or touch the fish in any way. The ultimate release.


Pictures of Shelton Products Shelton Release™

Shelton Release™ self releasing hooks. A picture of the release sequence of a typical trout where hook is caught in the mouth. So simple, it's like magic. You do not have to net the fish or touch the fish in any way. The ultimate release.


Pictures of Shelton Products Shelton Release™

Shelton Release™ self releasing hooks. A picture of the release sequence of a typical trout where hook is caught in the throat with the long sleeve worm hook. So simple, it's like magic. You do not have to net the fish or touch the fish in any way. The ultimate release.


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Release sequences of trout from a boat. Trout releases
Closeup hand held release of trout. Trout closeup
Close up slow motion trout release.Close up slow motion trout release
How to reset the quick release hook . Resetting the quick release hook
How to bait up for trout. Bait hook for trout.

Release sequences of bluegill. Bluegill
Release sequences of catfish. Catfish
Release sequence quick release circle hooks for salmon. Salmon
Releasing stripers by hand and the extension release. Stripers
Releasing halibut and rockfish from a party boat. Party boat
Incredible snagless sliding swimming weight TadPole™ in action


Pictures of Shelton Products Shelton Release™ Shelton Release™ self releasing hook (long sleeve). This show the releasing technique for larger species fish such as stripers, white sea bass, catfish, sturgeon and large toothy species.


These picture are a catfish release sequence shown on as releasing catfish with the catfish rig.


Picture of a typical floating bait release.

Pictures of Shelton self releasing hook release sequence.


Picture 1 Pull fish within grabbing range of the tag release line.
Picture 2 Pull releasing sleeve.
Picture 3 Pull main line to rotate hook and release fish.
Picture 4 The fish is safely released to be caught again another day. So simple and easy. The only safe and practical way to release fish.



Picture of Shelton self releasing hook and how the Shelton release works.


This is a typical salmon mooching rig. This is how to do a simple salmon mooching setup using the Shelton Release self releasing hook and the Shelton Bait Threader. The hook is hidden with only the tip sticking out. The Shelton Release™ is invisible to the salmon because it is hidden inside the bait.

Picture of a how to rig an anchovy for salmon mooching


This is a typical salmon mooching rig with Shelton Release™ circle hook.

This is a typical releasing sequence.

Picture of a typical salmon mooching circle hook rig


This is a typical circle hook rig with Shelton Release™ circle hook. This is a typical releasing sequence.

Picture of a typical salmon mooching circle hook rig


Rigging up by using a bait threader. Thread anchovies or herring going in at the gill opening and coming out at the tip of the tail. Hook the loop on the end of the leader with the bait threader and pull line through bait. Rig a tiny rubber band over gills or wrap gill with stretchy thread to prevent gills from flaring when pulling the bait backwards. Do a overhand loop with leader line around the anchovies or herrings tail and you are ready to fish. The ways to rig are endless, use your imagination. Rig with bait head up or down. Use cut plug rigged your favorite way. The hook is hidden with only the tip sticking out.

Picture of a typical salmon mooching rig being rigged with anchovie.


Typical floating bait rig with a Shelton Release. This rig is ready to catch trout. The Shelton Release hook is hidden.

Picture of a typical floating trout bait rig all rigged up with a Shelton Release.


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