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#12243514 - 05/12/17 08:55 PM Question about hooks
SlowDown Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 09/20/08
Posts: 2111
Loc: Texas
Am wondering if the EWG hook has become the hook of choice for worms and baby brush hogs. Do any of you use regular offset hooks any more. Straight shanks are also becoming popular, but I'm wondering if regular offset hooks are becoming a thing of the past? What say ye?

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#12243523 - 05/12/17 09:04 PM Re: Question about hooks [Re: SlowDown]
Wise 1 Online   content
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Registered: 07/30/12
Posts: 85
Nothing but 4.0 Gammy offsets for me.It seem with the hook shank closer to the plastic let's it slide down through cover better. And also a better hookup ratio. I only use heavy EWG's on Senko's for the weight,when fishing them weightless.

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#12243552 - 05/12/17 09:24 PM Re: Question about hooks [Re: SlowDown]
SlowDown Offline
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Registered: 09/20/08
Posts: 2111
Loc: Texas
Thanks for the reply Wise 1. Only thing that surprises me is that the 4/0 seems like a very large hook for a normal size worm or baby brush hog. I also still use Gamme Offset sometimes, but a 2/0 or 3/0.

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#12243883 - 05/13/17 08:43 AM Re: Question about hooks [Re: SlowDown]
361V Offline
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Registered: 11/21/08
Posts: 4565
Loc: somervell county
Pretty much 3/0 EWG Gama's for me with all "normal sized" worms & creature baits. 7" Power Worms, Chigger Craws.... Switch to a 4/0 EWG for bigger creature baits like big craws, full sized Brush Hogs...and go with a 5/0 EWG for big 10"-12" Worms. I do use a smaller wire 2/0 EWG for C-Rigged smaller baits like Bubble Fries....Good hook up ratios on all for me.


Edited by 361V (05/13/17 08:47 AM)
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#12243950 - 05/13/17 09:44 AM Re: Question about hooks [Re: SlowDown]
ezbassin Offline
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Registered: 01/15/04
Posts: 12905
Loc: Mansfield, Tx.
I use the Owner J-hook in a 3/0 and 4/0 for creatures, beaver type baits, craws, and 8 inch+ worms and have these Tx. rigged.
I like the Owner rigging hook in a 1 to 3/0 for finesse worms and baby brush hogs.

I use Owner Beast hooks for swim baits.

The only place that I still like to use the offset round bend hook is on my Carolina rig. I use a 3/0-5/0 Gamakatsu.

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#12243974 - 05/13/17 10:02 AM Re: Question about hooks [Re: ezbassin]
Ken A. Offline
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Registered: 10/02/06
Posts: 8568
Loc: Trophy Club, TX
Originally Posted By: ezbassin
I use the Owner J-hook in a 3/0 and 4/0 for creatures, beaver type baits, craws, and 8 inch+ worms and have these Tx. rigged.
I like the Owner rigging hook in a 1 to 3/0 for finesse worms and baby brush hogs.

I use Owner Beast hooks for swim baits.

The only place that I still like to use the offset round bend hook is on my Carolina rig. I use a 3/0-5/0 Gamakatsu.


+1

The Owner hooks have much less flex than the Gammys with similar wire diameter. Test them for yourself. Take two hooks out of the package and flex them with your fingers side by side. Less flex equals better penetration on the hook set and less chance of a big fish opening up the hook on heavy line in heavy cover.

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#12244031 - 05/13/17 11:00 AM Re: Question about hooks [Re: SlowDown]
SAKS Offline
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Registered: 07/23/14
Posts: 842
I only use EWG with bigger thicker baits. Still prefer offset with just about everything else. For me it's more of a comfort thing than performance.

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#12244173 - 05/13/17 02:56 PM Re: Question about hooks [Re: SlowDown]
SlowDown Offline
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Registered: 09/20/08
Posts: 2111
Loc: Texas
Thanks to everyone that replied. Although I have fished steadily since the early 1960s, I still enjoy learning what other fishers think about every aspect of fishing, and following trends in our sport.

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#12244236 - 05/13/17 04:32 PM Re: Question about hooks [Re: SlowDown]
Chasin'Bass Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 02/05/09
Posts: 574
Loc: Palestine Tx
Check out Trapper Tackle Hooks they are the best I have ever used.

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