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Hooks for live bait #13558209 05/15/20 01:08 AM
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What hook type and size do you guys use for live shad? I am a lure guy and used live shad for the first time this past weekend and the hooks I had, fish were getting gut hooked a lot. Do you guys use circle hooks? If so, what size? Thanks.

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Re: Hooks for live bait [Re: Cigga] #13558234 05/15/20 01:28 AM
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I do a lot of catch and release with lures and bait. For live bait I use Eagle Claw barbless 3/0 lazer sharp circle hooks with a split ring in the eye of the hook. Even gut hooked fish come off with almost no injury. The barbless hooks create less injury to the bait and they are more lively when they swim.

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Originally Posted by beltonbill
I do a lot of catch and release with lures and bait. For live bait I use Eagle Claw barbless 3/0 lazer sharp circle hooks with a split ring in the eye of the hook. Even gut hooked fish come off with almost no injury. The barbless hooks create less injury to the bait and they are more lively when they swim.


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Definitely use circle hooks with live bait because fish tend to swallow live bait quicker than lures. Different brands don't seem to follow sizing conventions so I usually size the hooks to the bait I'm using. A 3/0, 4/0, or 5/0 usually. I like to use something that's nearly the size of my thumb when using a 6 inch live bait, shad or perch. I don't use stainless hooks. "Your mileage may differ."


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I prefer 2/0 octopus J hooks


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Re: Hooks for live bait [Re: gborg] #13559563 05/16/20 01:03 AM
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Gborg, what is the purpose of the split ring in the hook eye?

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The split ring allow the circle hook to turn upright as it exits the fishes mouth. A straight pull will sometimes move the circle hook out of the fishes mouth without rotating into the fishes upper lip. The split ring ensures maximum hook ups.

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I use owner #6 so the shad swim freely...


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Re: Hooks for live bait [Re: Cigga] #13559781 05/16/20 05:15 AM
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Very large circle hooks.

Re: Hooks for live bait [Re: Cigga] #13560277 05/16/20 05:17 PM
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circle hooks it is then. Thanks guys.

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Another vote for octopus J hooks hooks. I use the ones with an upturned eye and snell them. Very high hookup rate with very few thrown hooks!


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Originally Posted by Phantom Fisherman
Another vote for octopus J hooks hooks. I use the ones with an upturned eye and snell them. Very high hookup rate with very few thrown hooks!

thanks. I'll try them out too.

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When you get tired of missing fish, come on over to the Khale hook gang. Size depends on the size of bait you're using.


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If Im using the bait clicker, balloon, or other long line method where the fish can run with the bait I'm ok with the circle.


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Originally Posted by Holzer
When you get tired of missing fish, come on over to the Khale hook gang. Size depends on the size of bait you're using.


I am Khale hook guy myself. Light wire Gamakatsu usually 2/0 or 3/0

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