I have had some old hotshots and plugs from my dad and grampa that had the bronze style hooks on them. If you dont already know....when bronze rusts/oxidizes it puts off a foul odor that smells like cat urine. If you ever smell the the inside of an old tacklebox, youll know that smell. I knew that the smell would put off fish so i just bought my own plugs and replaced the hooks with owner black anodized trebles. Not wanting the older plugs to go to waste, i removed the hooks, tried and tried to get that funk off of them...to no avail. Then i figured out that coating them with clear spray laqer might work...and it did. Not only did it seal off the smell but it made the plugs look like new ! Im convinced that scent ( second only to presentation ) is very important in catching fish. As a tip here, i would stay away from bronze hooks or at least if you use them, make sure they are dry after every trip. And using Z-rust strips in your tackle box helps too.