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#10817177 - 05/04/15 10:58 AM "guarding" the hook vs. "hook up" ratio?
Rob Lay Offline
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I know there are all kinds of hook guards. Most protect against grass snags or hard snags. Is there a direct relationship with the more of a hook guard the less of a hook up ratio? Are there actually hook guards that don't decrease wanted hook ups?
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#10817187 - 05/04/15 11:00 AM Re: "guarding" the hook vs. "hook up" ratio? [Re: Rob Lay]
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As best I can tell my hook guards guard against fish.

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#10817229 - 05/04/15 11:16 AM Re: "guarding" the hook vs. "hook up" ratio? [Re: Rob Lay]
Ronnie Kelley Offline
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Rob. I don't have a lot of issues. Of course, I'm in east Texas using big line and big rods 99% of the time.

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#10817237 - 05/04/15 11:20 AM Re: "guarding" the hook vs. "hook up" ratio? [Re: Rob Lay]
Ken A. Online   content
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Hook guards on what type of hook/bait Rob?

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#10817289 - 05/04/15 11:33 AM Re: "guarding" the hook vs. "hook up" ratio? [Re: Rob Lay]
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Not sure how to answer this. I'll just say, in general, I try to avoid a guard of any kind as much as possible. I might actually prefer losing baits over losing fish because the lure was too "protected" from the cover. And yes, I've lost a LOT of jigs in my life. Lol. This new Mark Pack jig is probably the best of both worlds from what I've seen so far. . .

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#10817712 - 05/04/15 01:41 PM Re: "guarding" the hook vs. "hook up" ratio? [Re: Ken A.]
Rob Lay Offline
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Originally Posted By: Ken A.
Hook guards on what type of hook/bait Rob?


anything really, I use whacky a bunch, but jig was mostly in back of my mind.
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#10817975 - 05/04/15 03:06 PM Re: "guarding" the hook vs. "hook up" ratio? [Re: Rob Lay]
Ken A. Online   content
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Rob, sent you an email.

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#10819166 - 05/05/15 02:23 AM Re: "guarding" the hook vs. "hook up" ratio? [Re: Rob Lay]
DevinJoe Offline
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Registered: 06/19/11
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IMO the thicker the weed gaurd the more fish u lose. I,trim mine even with the tip of the hook. Then I cut a little over Hale of the gaurd off at the head. Its still doesn't hang up a lot and u rarely loose fish once hooked

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#10819167 - 05/05/15 02:24 AM Re: "guarding" the hook vs. "hook up" ratio? [Re: Rob Lay]
DevinJoe Offline
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Sorry. Half not hale

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#10821770 - 05/05/15 10:49 PM Re: "guarding" the hook vs. "hook up" ratio? [Re: Rob Lay]
FMJshooter Offline
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Registered: 06/24/08
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Loc: Belton, TX
Yep I think tuning weed guards isn't done a whole lot but I like to do it. All weedguards aren't equal some are stiff some are soft so trimming and thinning can be trial and error deal, bad new is when you go too thin you're probably losing it. Obviously the thicker the brush the more you need too so it can be somewhat of an art to get it just right for what your'e fishing.


Edited by FMJshooter (05/05/15 10:53 PM)

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#10821780 - 05/05/15 10:55 PM Re: "guarding" the hook vs. "hook up" ratio? [Re: timwins31]
ChrisBlackmon95 Offline
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Registered: 01/31/15
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Loc: Tyler, Texas
Originally Posted By: timwins31
Not sure how to answer this. I'll just say, in general, I try to avoid a guard of any kind as much as possible. I might actually prefer losing baits over losing fish because the lure was too "protected" from the cover. And yes, I've lost a LOT of jigs in my life. Lol. This new Mark Pack jig is probably the best of both worlds from what I've seen so far. . .
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