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Help preventing hook swallows #13988691 05/07/21 01:14 AM
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The title says it all. I don't normally fish for bluegill but I do a few times a year. Would love to reduce how many swallow the hook when using worms or other non lure baits. Any advice? Would larger hooks help? I could see how they would but i would think that would also reduce my successful hook sets.


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Try setting the hook a little more faster. You might also try a Cricket hook which has a longer shank. I love the Eagle Claw size eight Cricket hooks. thumb


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Re: Help preventing hook swallows [Re: spazm09] #13988759 05/07/21 01:54 AM
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One tip I’ve used and it does work. Use a 1/32 or 1/64 oz jig head in the hook size you prefer. This bit of extra weight slows down the bait a bit when they inhale it and it’s doesn’t go as deep.


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I like using a jig hook. Because of the way it hangs when tied most of my hook sets go into the top of the mouth


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Re: Help preventing hook swallows [Re: spazm09] #13988808 05/07/21 02:27 AM
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I can second the previous 2 posts. I have never had them swallow a jig head but I have seen them swallow small aberdeen, octopus, and bait hooks.

And I usually wait quite a while after my bobber goes down to set the hook. Still no issue with jigs.

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Re: Help preventing hook swallows [Re: spazm09] #13989066 05/07/21 01:12 PM
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Thanks for the tips!!! I will definitely give them a try


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Good info here.
Never thought about that-

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Yep, I use a 1/64 oz. jig with #8 hook.

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Use a 7/0 circle hook. I have never had a Bluegill swaller one.

Re: Help preventing hook swallows [Re: spazm09] #13990899 05/09/21 03:06 PM
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Awesome thread and everything that has been said will work to improve your hook set. woot

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Originally Posted by Laker One
Awesome thread and everything that has been said will work to improve your hook set. woot




This!

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Agree! Fun read and great ideas.

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