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Fish: Tiger Muskie

hooks

Post By: M Dee      Posted: 10/30/2006 7:17:40 PM     Points: 75    
Hey Matt
I'm looking for some opinions on hooks. I have changed the hooks on my smaller muskie baits to "owner stingers". They are incredibly sharp and I use them on almost all my bass lures. The muskie I caught straightened it so I have changed to gamakatsu. The owner stinger is a great hook but not for muskie. Do you change the hooks on your jakes? They seem decent right out of the package but I always change all my hooks.

 Reply by: Matt      Posted: 10/30/2006 8:19:39 PM     Points: 45296    
There's a lot of guys who change hooks and keep them razor sharp. I typically don't. I'm just lazy when it comes to that. I have a hook hone but rarely sharpen my hooks unless they grab a rock and the point is noticeably worked. I don't attribute any lost fish to hook dullness or type. But I am the exception. The most work I do on my hooks is grinding the barbs down with a Dremel tool...all my baits are barbless, even my flies. I think you get a better hook set that way.

So I am definitely not the guy who should offer any advice on this subject. I know a lot of the Muskies Inc guys change their hooks. Meeting is coming up Nov 7th at Bass Pro at 7pm...they'd be good brains to pick.
 Reply by: M Dee      Posted: 10/30/2006 8:30:00 PM     Points: 75    
I'll run it by Ken and Will and them guys. Thats interesting that you go barbless. I go barbless at the arsenal but have lost a handfull of trophy bass there. Do you think the better hookset outweighs the lost fish on jumps and shake offs?
 Reply by: Matt      Posted: 10/30/2006 8:57:06 PM     Points: 45296    
I do think that if you get a better hookset you'll be better off no matter what the fish does. But fish that jump a lot, as in smallies and largemouth, you have a point. (but imagine a hook point that's only a fraction in their mouth instead of all the way in when it comes up to shake.)

I still catch bass on single hook flies that are barbless and haven't had one shake off...but on a fly rod you've got lots more bend and give to lean on. Muskies I've caught have rarely come up to shake.

I just tend to not really care if I lose a fish I guess...which makes me feel OK to go ahead and bend the barbs down. I recommend it to everyone.