There are different reasons why hooks pierced or don't pierce a fish?...Nothing is more perfect than a brand New Gami # 7 right out of the package and hand snelled. What Gami brings to the table is a very very very sharp POINT...that will do the job. Those points wear down with every cast in our sport...so how effective is re sharpening? Get this!!!! I like my hooks MORE when they are resharpened. You can never bring back the honed point that gami supplies, but by using a file or hook sharpener....you can put a razor sharp EDGE on the hook as well as a re honed point. When the fish bites a resharpened hook.....the hook not only pierces with the point but cuts with the severity of a knife. In my opinion a re-sharpened hook gives the surfcaster more BITING power when the bait/hook are toyed with. If your hooks aren't sharp......your in the wrong sport!!!