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Post by gnappi » 28 Feb 2019, 04:10

I've been using Eagle Claw Lazer Sharp 3/0 and 4/0 hooks for many years, most recently on my frogs and this past week lost a nice snakehead because the hook bent... the first time in my life this happened.

A buddy swears by the fairly expensive Beast ($4.00 each) hooks, but I was thinking of Gamakatsu or Mustad Ultra Point Mega-Bite in 4/0 which are both more palatable price wise.

I'm not one to put a $3.00 frog on a $4.00 hook and in the dense stuff we fish in and lose one or two a day.

So, anyone have experience with tough fish and the Gamakatsu and Mustad hooks above? Any other suggestions?
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Re: Tough hooks

Post by AnglerRoy » 28 Feb 2019, 20:02

I switched all my hooks over to the Gamatsu ones and have never had any issues with large pike or walleye. I don’t recall what style (s) I got, but I switched everything over to the red ones...don’t know if it’s true but I read that fish can’t see the red hardware on a lure/rig.

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Post by AnglerRoy » 28 Feb 2019, 20:05

AnglerRoy wrote:I switched all my hooks over to the Gamatsu ones and have never had any issues with large pike or walleye. I don’t recall what style (s) I got, but I switched everything over to the red ones...don’t know if it’s true but I read that fish can’t see the red hardware on a lure/rig.
I should also add that I crush all my barbs down. Easier to get them out of a fish and less damage to their tissues in case I throw them back for another day. [emoji3]

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Post by onthewater102 » 28 Feb 2019, 21:33

Hard fighting heavy fish in heavy cover...Gamakatsu Superline Worm hooks would be what you'd be looking for - not the basic EWG's, they're made with a heavier wire. Last I checked our Walmart carried them, so they should be easy to find locally.

I thought Mustad made a 3x EWG worm hook at some point, but I cannot find them looking quickly online anymore.
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Post by Jim » 01 Mar 2019, 05:47

I purchased the Gamakatsu Superline Worm hooks that onthewater102 talked about on eBay. I also purchased some trokar and gamakatsu 6/0 and 7/0 hooks from the same retailer for huge savings by buying 5 packs at once. I like this eBay seller, no complaints.

Those superline hooks are legit. I purchased a 25 pack for 11.99. I can send you a few if you want to try them, let me know.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/333082892823?V ... 3082892823
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Post by LDUBS » 03 Mar 2019, 01:13

$4 for one hook! Yikes. Last time I paid that much for a hook it was to hang my extension ladder up in the garage. :LOL2:
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Post by eshaw » 03 Mar 2019, 11:11

I use a lot bigger hook since I fish for heavy body fish (cats and others) and use the Mustad brand. I like them a lot and would assume that their smaller ones would be good also.

$4.00 for a hook?????? I don't see that in my future, that's a fact!

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Post by WALI4VR » 04 Mar 2019, 04:11

I've switched to gam hooks 20 years ago and I've never looked back. Singles,trebles,from 8s to Musky rigs I've yet to have a failure.
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Post by DaleH » 04 Mar 2019, 11:46

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Post by lovedr79 » 04 Mar 2019, 13:09

Gamakatsu are some of the toughest hooks i have ever used. pricey yes, however you get what you pay for.
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Post by LDUBS » 05 Mar 2019, 00:59

eshaw wrote:I use a lot bigger hook since I fish for heavy body fish (cats and others) and use the Mustad brand. I like them a lot and would assume that their smaller ones would be good also.

$4.00 for a hook?????? I don't see that in my future, that's a fact!
The Mustad brand has been around for ever. I wonder if there is any hook mfg older than these guys. Eagle Claw has been around for a while too.

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Post by gnappi » 08 Mar 2019, 07:22

DaleH wrote:In a word ... VMC
Thanks, I never knew Rapala had them, but I got some Mustad and Gama's and will try them out and try VMC later on.
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Post by sunshine » 13 Mar 2019, 13:42

Gamakatsu is all I use offshore when I'm digging grouper and snapper off the bottom with drag locked down. Can't remember the last time I broke one of them.

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Post by gnappi » 18 May 2019, 17:19

I've been using the Gamagatsu hooks and no issues so far, granted I haven't hooked a monster insaneo snakehed like the one that bent my hook a while back, but I did hook a monster that got so thick in the weeds I nearly ripped his jaw off getting him near the boat.

So far so good :-)
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