The hooks are strong, black nickel, needle point. The 9" bait comes with a 7/0 nose hook and a 5/0 rear hook. The 12" features a 9/0 up front and a 7/0 out back. The connection is 50 pound dacron. And the bait is molded onto the rig, rather than the rig being threaded into the bait. These baits start straight and stay straight. The rigging is far more durable than hand rigging, and the hooks are always in the right place.