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 Post subject: Tough hooks
PostPosted: 28 Feb 2019, 04:10 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Tough hooks
PostPosted: 28 Feb 2019, 20:02 

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Location: Ontario, Canada
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 subject: Re: Tough hooks
PostPosted: 28 Feb 2019, 20:05 

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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.


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 Post subject: Tough hooks
PostPosted: 28 Feb 2019, 21:33 
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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 subject: Tough hooks
PostPosted: 01 Mar 2019, 05:47 
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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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PostPosted: 03 Mar 2019, 01:13 
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$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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PostPosted: 03 Mar 2019, 11:11 

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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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PostPosted: 04 Mar 2019, 04:11 
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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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PostPosted: 04 Mar 2019, 11:46 
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PostPosted: 04 Mar 2019, 13:09 

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Gamakatsu are some of the toughest hooks i have ever used. pricey yes, however you get what you pay for.



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PostPosted: 05 Mar 2019, 00:59 
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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.

Edit: I hate auto-correct!



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PostPosted: 08 Mar 2019, 07:22 
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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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PostPosted: 13 Mar 2019, 13:42 

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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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