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#10960629 - 07/06/15 09:21 PM gunfish help needed
RickS Offline
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Registered: 08/08/13
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Loc: Santa Fe NM
I love walking the dog with the lucky craft gunfish! My hook up ratio needs help.So what is the best way to land more fish? It's amazing how a fish can take a bait under and not get hooked. So how do you guys set the hook on a walk the dog or any top water bait?

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#10960697 - 07/06/15 10:03 PM Re: gunfish help needed [Re: RickS]
Lake Fork Guide-Cody Malone Offline
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First don't set the hook upon sight of the blow up, wait till you feel em

Don't do a reel all the way down towards em do a cross their eyes style hookset, just reel down and sweep on that style bait, like a light Carolina rig hookset where you have to take up the slack then drive the hook home
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#10960712 - 07/06/15 10:08 PM Re: gunfish help needed [Re: RickS]
PlanoTom Offline
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Registered: 08/06/12
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Add an O-ring on each hook.

Go watch a YouTube video called Topwater Strikes 2014. I think that's the name. It's strike after strike on a Zara Spook. You'll see how patient the guy is and how he doesn't use much raw power to set the hook.

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#10961116 - 07/07/15 08:27 AM Re: gunfish help needed [Re: RickS]
fouzman Offline
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The gunfish comes with o-rings on each hook, already.

Rick, I know it's hard but you have to wait until you feel the fish (typically after the blow-up subsides to a swirl), then reel as fast as possible until you feel the rod begin to load up. Then make a sweeping hookset like Cody stated.
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#10961257 - 07/07/15 09:29 AM Re: gunfish help needed [Re: RickS]
DEFMP Offline
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Registered: 10/18/13
Posts: 298
Loc: DFW
The bait has treble hooks, the fish will hook themselves. Keep walking the bait, the fish will pull it down and hook themselves; when you feel the weight, sweep to the side lightly and reel into them.

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#10961277 - 07/07/15 09:39 AM Re: gunfish help needed [Re: Lake Fork Guide-Cody Malone]
UTDmiller Offline
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Registered: 10/01/13
Posts: 1652
Originally Posted By: Lake Fork Guide-Cody Malone
First don't set the hook upon sight of the blow up, wait till you feel em

Don't do a reel all the way down towards em do a cross their eyes style hookset, just reel down and sweep on that style bait, like a light Carolina rig hookset where you have to take up the slack then drive the hook home


+1 this man knows what hes talking about
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#10961642 - 07/07/15 12:04 PM Re: gunfish help needed [Re: RickS]
Bucketjaw Offline
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Registered: 01/26/04
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Loc: Mid-Cities
A medium action crankbait rod may help also...

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