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What’s wrong with this set up? #14015487 05/30/21 04:15 PM
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Huckabee Meat Dragger + Bonehead 1/8 oz jig head. I’m losing more 14”+ fish than I’m landing on this set up.

Is the rod to heavy for the hook? Is the hook to light to stand up to the big ones? Perhaps I just need to use a net? I’ve tried pulling into them on the hook set, and I have tried ripping their lips off on the hook set. The end result is still the same: I’m losing a lot big crappie on these 1/8 oz Bx jig heads when I go to lift them out of the water.

My thoughts: this specific hook isn’t big enough to Boat flip big crappie. I need to try a diff style jig or start using a net.
Here’s what my hook looked like after landing the 14.5” in the below pic. I’m curious to hear your thoughts.
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Saturday’s trip was much slower than last week’s. Most were caught in ~20 fow, 12-14’ down using white/chart jigs. Still catching lots of short fish.
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Re: What’s wrong with this set up? [Re: TryHard] #14015498 05/30/21 04:26 PM
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That one on the bottom left is a beast!

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I would definitely bend that hook inward more personally


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Re: What’s wrong with this set up? [Re: Shady15] #14015500 05/30/21 04:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Shady15
That one on the bottom left is a beast!

Just wait… the ones I’m losing make that one look small. I just started crappie fishing last year, so Im making lots of mistakes.

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Originally Posted by TreeBass
I would definitely bend that hook inward more personally

To be clear, the hook bent out under the weight of the bottom left fish. Are you saying to modify the hook straight out of the package?

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If the hook bent out like that by boat flipping that big fish, then it sounds like the hooks are no good. I boat flip fish regularly and really never have that happen. One time it did, it was the bronze sickles and I think I got a bad batch.


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Re: What’s wrong with this set up? [Re: TryHard] #14015660 05/30/21 07:47 PM
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You're using sickle hooks which tend to bend relatively easy. I would suggest that you go to a Aberdeen style (J hook) and preferably in a steelhead version. Those hooks will never bend out. Of course, you'll break a lot of jigs off, but you won't lose a fish due to the hook bending.


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Re: What’s wrong with this set up? [Re: TryHard] #14015785 05/30/21 10:14 PM
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Originally Posted by TryHard
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That one on the bottom left is a beast!

Just wait… the ones I’m losing make that one look small. I just started crappie fishing last year, so Im making lots of mistakes.

I started fishing my years ago and make lots of mistakes.....

Re: What’s wrong with this set up? [Re: TryHard] #14015865 05/30/21 11:33 PM
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I prefer a J hook over a sickle hook. I have switched gears and now fish the epic 8 Todd Huckabee Rod with the Mad Crappie Jigs “shankenstein” together they will haul in a Volkswagen Bus.


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Re: What’s wrong with this set up? [Re: TryHard] #14015933 05/31/21 01:11 AM
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You’re setting the hook too hard. Small fish will come to you when you rip them...big ones don’t. I personally moved to ACC for the majority of my customer rods because of the huckabees being so stiff. The only time I get a huckabee out is when I have a customer that reels instead of setting.

Best way to tell is to see how big the holes you are putting in the jaw on the fish you catch. I bet you have torn jaws and finger size holes in the corners.

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Good point Cameron. It could be some weak wire though.

Great look jigs there David.


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Originally Posted by Cameron
You’re setting the hook too hard. Small fish will come to you when you rip them...big ones don’t. I personally moved to ACC for the majority of my customer rods because of the huckabees being so stiff. The only time I get a huckabee out is when I have a customer that reels instead of setting.

Best way to tell is to see how big the holes you are putting in the jaw on the fish you catch. I bet you have torn jaws and finger size holes in the corners.

I’ll pay attention to the holes on the next trip. Tbh, I feel like the majority of my hooksets are in the roof of their mouth.

Also, I took Crappie Guy’s advice and ordered some “J” style hooks from Redneck Rubber Co. I had 2 diff folks recommend this company. Might also check out the Mad Crappie jigs too. Thanks David 🙏

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Originally Posted by fishin'aholic2
If the hook bent out like that by boat flipping that big fish, then it sounds like the hooks are no good. I boat flip fish regularly and really never have that happen. One time it did, it was the bronze sickles and I think I got a bad batch.

clean out your PM folder.....

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