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#11622767 - 05/24/16 12:15 PM Preferred hook size for zoom ol monster?
DaggerDoc1 Offline
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Registered: 03/02/15
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Loc: Denton Tx
Can anyone give me any incite as to the best hook size for Carolina rigging a zoom ol monster 10.5" worm? I was on ray roberts Saturday and Sunday throwing it on a 5/0 wide gap offset gamagatsu and it was working well but I noticed I was hooking the fish way back in their mouths nearly poking their eyes out from the inside out. Fish were only 10" though so not sure if downsizing to like a 3/0 would hurt my chances if big nasty girl comes along in the double digits looking for a big red bug worm or if a smaller 3/0 would still get her in the boat. Anyways any help would be greatly appreciated.
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#11622771 - 05/24/16 12:17 PM Re: Preferred hook size for zoom ol monster? [Re: DaggerDoc1]
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Registered: 12/18/15
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Loc: Wichita Falls/DFW
5 ot is what I always use never had a problem with it. Also gotta remember they eat things head first.

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#11622818 - 05/24/16 12:30 PM Re: Preferred hook size for zoom ol monster? [Re: DaggerDoc1]
BlaiseWeimer Offline
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Registered: 02/10/15
Posts: 473
Loc: Coppell, Texas
5/0

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#11622833 - 05/24/16 12:35 PM Re: Preferred hook size for zoom ol monster? [Re: DaggerDoc1]
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Registered: 02/26/10
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Loc: Plano, TX
5/0 offset worm hook. Not an EWG.
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#11623009 - 05/24/16 01:30 PM Re: Preferred hook size for zoom ol monster? [Re: DaggerDoc1]
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Um bud that's where you wanna hook them. Down deep less chance to come off.
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#11623147 - 05/24/16 02:23 PM Re: Preferred hook size for zoom ol monster? [Re: ChanceHuiet]
DaggerDoc1 Offline
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Registered: 03/02/15
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Loc: Denton Tx
Originally Posted By: ChanceHuiet
Um bud that's where you wanna hook them. Down deep less chance to come off.
haha well I'm kinda new to the bass game so didn't want to be releasing a bunch of one eyed bass. So far definitely think the c-rig is a favorite followed by chatterbaits then surprisingly the Ned rig. The latter 2 come equipped with hooks so no big choice there but hook size in soft plastics are a bit cloudy with all sorts of schools of thinking. But definitely looks like a resounding response of going 5/0 on the Ol Monster. Thanks fellas.
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#11623405 - 05/24/16 04:08 PM Re: Preferred hook size for zoom ol monster? [Re: DaggerDoc1]
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Stick with the 5. Better safe than sorry. Don't want to stick a teenager and get your heart broke.
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#11624271 - 05/24/16 09:11 PM Re: Preferred hook size for zoom ol monster? [Re: DaggerDoc1]
Cmack Offline
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5/0 Owner XXX straight shank seems to work for me.
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#11624479 - 05/24/16 10:11 PM Re: Preferred hook size for zoom ol monster? [Re: Cmack]
DaggerDoc1 Offline
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Registered: 03/02/15
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Loc: Denton Tx
Originally Posted By: Cmack
5/0 Owner XXX straight shank seems to work for me.
that was gonna be my next question the wide gap offset was obviously working for me but I see a lot of the big names saying straight shank and obviously they know their stuff. I've been dragging my c-rig through lots of flooded sticks and little bushes so I found myself wondering if that huge loop created by the wide gap was causing me to hang up more often than a straight shank would. Either way the c-rig has really got me excited about bass fishing. I'm a crappie guy but I caught maybe a 6 or 7ish pound large mouth on a frog last year in the fall and hadn't got bass off my mind since.
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#11624650 - 05/25/16 12:13 AM Re: Preferred hook size for zoom ol monster? [Re: DaggerDoc1]
Fishinkev Offline
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Registered: 10/28/05
Posts: 2062
Loc: Benbrook,Tx
5/0 gamagatsu ewg monster hook. This hook is a face piercer.
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#11624782 - 05/25/16 06:50 AM Re: Preferred hook size for zoom ol monster? [Re: RedRaider3933]
ezbassin Offline
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Registered: 01/15/04
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Loc: Mansfield, Tx.
Originally Posted By: RedRaider3933
5/0 offset worm hook. Not an EWG.



I agree.

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#11625188 - 05/25/16 09:44 AM Re: Preferred hook size for zoom ol monster? [Re: DaggerDoc1]
jcarr1 Offline
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Registered: 03/03/13
Posts: 17
What size/style would yall use for the 12" version


Edited by jcarr1 (05/25/16 09:45 AM)

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#11625317 - 05/25/16 10:32 AM Re: Preferred hook size for zoom ol monster? [Re: jcarr1]
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Extreme Angler

Registered: 07/31/07
Posts: 1129
Loc: Cut and Shoot, TX
I prefer the Tru-Turn hooks to the offset worm hooks. I make my own
bait holders , like the flipping hooks have. I use 3/0 for almost all
worm baits or craw worms. I use 4/0 for thicker baits like lizards, brush hogs
and beaver type baits. I use EWG hooks for Flukes.

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#11626470 - 05/25/16 05:52 PM Re: Preferred hook size for zoom ol monster? [Re: DaggerDoc1]
Dr JL Offline
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Registered: 01/01/11
Posts: 1431
Loc: Aledo, Texas
5/0 offset or straight shank.
Works fine for 10-12in worms
I kinda like straight shank lately.


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