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What hook for live bait? #14148595 10/02/21 11:21 PM
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Used 4/0 eagle claw hooks with live shad and the stripers I caught swallowed them to the gills. What should I use for easier catch and realease?

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Re: What hook for live bait? [Re: JSouther] #14148606 10/02/21 11:37 PM
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3/0 Lazer Sharp barbless hooks. Insert the point of the hook through the top of the mouth and out the middle of the nose.

Re: What hook for live bait? [Re: JSouther] #14148609 10/02/21 11:41 PM
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I use circle hooks to hook them in the side of the jaw…


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Re: What hook for live bait? [Re: scubaarchery] #14148648 10/03/21 12:28 AM
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Originally Posted by scubaarchery
I use circle hooks to hook them in the side of the jaw…


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Re: What hook for live bait? [Re: JSouther] #14148659 10/03/21 12:46 AM
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JSouther, I vote for the Mustad Demon Perfect Circle Hook, size 2/0. It looks small, but it gets the job done. Mustad's product number is 39951NP-BN. If you are not accustomed to circle hooks, the golden rule is "don't set the hook". Just let the fish move with the bait and crank your reel's handle at a moderate cadence to allow the hook to slide into the L. or R. corner of the fish's mouth. The hook will "cam" around the bone structure and seal the deal.

The hook goes in one nostril and out the other of your shad bait. If you do it right, this is effortless. If you feel cartilage offering resistance, you're not in the nostrils.

Good luck,

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Re: What hook for live bait? [Re: JSouther] #14148805 10/03/21 03:09 AM
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Any hook is a good hook when it's in the water shocked. I like a simple j hook. Through the mouth or upper back. Experiment & see what you like.

Re: What hook for live bait? [Re: JSouther] #14148944 10/03/21 12:15 PM
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J hook # 2 or 3 and make sure it is red. In extremely clear water some anglers stain their egg sinkers green !

Re: What hook for live bait? [Re: JSouther] #14149628 10/03/21 11:31 PM
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Mainly I use 3/0 to5/0 Mustard Demon perfect circle hooks.I have and still do use 2/0 to 4/0 kahle hooks for when the fish are less aggressive.I much prefer to use circle hooks.........I feel I can fish more passively get more hook ups with less gut hooks.

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Re: What hook for live bait? [Re: JSouther] #14150359 10/04/21 06:26 PM
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I've lost way to many using circle hooks. Kahle is my go to.
Circles when catfishing.


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Re: What hook for live bait? [Re: JSouther] #14150596 10/04/21 09:36 PM
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Circle hook is the way to go. Size of bait should determine hook.

Re: What hook for live bait? [Re: JSouther] #14156471 10/10/21 03:40 PM
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I have been using 2/0 octopus J hooks and been happy. Not getting many gut hooked/fatally injured fish either and if the fish hits the bait its very likely to get hooked.


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