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You guys see those new Gamakatsu Big River Bait hooks, looks pretty nice, especially for bluegills and big skip heads.
 

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I'm going to go check them out. You guys think Buckeye outdoors will have them?
 

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Yep those look good, but at $2.00 per hook you don't want to lose to many of those.

10/0 and 12/0 sizes

Wish they made those G208 Circles that big, I tried some 12/0 Daiichi's, last year on 10 inch live Gizzard Shad and the heavy hook made the Shad so tired they would just lay down on the river bottom and stop moving.........Doc
 

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I can't see paying 2 bucks a hook. Never mind I'm not looking any more.
 

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$2 a hook

Doc

You don't have to pay $2 a hook! You have the cabability to sharpen hooks:D

The chemically sharpened hooks are made with very hard steel and are difficult to resharpen.

If you have to think about $2 a hook how can you cast em in the braches of underwater trees?:eek:
 

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You guys kill me...

Anyone that uses Gama's knows they arent cheap in the first place..so when you get to big 10/0 & 12/0 hooks there going to be a bit more.
I think the 12/0 hooks that i have been using labeled "Grouper" hooks cost that same amount..Fishermans carrys them and has for a while.

Spend a few $100 on a good cat combo, but wont spend a few bucks for some awsome hooks.... geez!;)
 

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only for running

big baits like 12"-14"+ ...then you need a big hook like that to fit the bait.
But those who dont use big baits can get by with any old hook..lol
 

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The Gamakatsu that I use cost .50 cents each, tournament fishing I change hooks before we ever start fishing, or several times if I'm damaging several during a tournament, last year I went thru 140 hooks which is roughly $70.00 per season, $2.00 per hook I'm looking at $280.00 per season, which just don't justify me purchasing them.

No doubt at being a Gamakatsu there a great hook, I figure with the price of everything else going up all hooks eventually will be that price, when that comes about I'll be too old to fish or 6 foot under, hopefully just too old to fish, I don't want to wake up not breathing..:D :D :D............Doc
 

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I understand Doc

I dont always use those hooks in that size..only in certain times when big baits are called for..gotta match the hook to the size of the bait.
On the Ohio R. i prefer to use the Kahle style hooks cause i know im going to loose them and at $5 per box of 50 you cant beat them for "throw aways".

BB mustad big guns are nice, i started out useing them before i went HEAVY on my gear..i havent found a mustad, eagle claw, ect. that i cant break..lol;)
 

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I use the good hooks there, that's where the good fish are *LOL*
Why worry about the hook when you spent $30 on gas to get there & the boat too? I have to admit, my hooks are about 50 cents each too. I'm just finding it humourous to see how there was some chiding to have a $100 rig & a cheap hook to a $500 rig with Kahle hooks :rolleyes:
My best fish come from the river, so I use no shortcuts there. I pull out all the stops. With that being said, I'm not paying $2.00 for a hook as long as my other hooks work.
Now, I have a question for you hook experts. I just got some 10/0 lazer hooks. I'm guessing they're Eagle Claw (off ebay).
They are circle hooks, strong wire, big gap, I put them side by side with the Gamakatsu hooks I use(8/0) and here's what I noticed. They aren't as sharp, the steel isn't finished as well, but the big difference is the eye. The eye is straight with the shank, where the Gammy is turned/bent out from the shank.
I can hone them a little & I like the size. I'm just wondering about the eye being turned-not turned will make any significant difference on the hook ups.
I know I read somewhere this guy was taking his pliers & bending the points to point towards the eyes. I'd be afraid of breaking the hook. I can see how the pressure will be a little different on the hooks. Maybe I'll take a picture next time I have them in my hand. Thanks, Jim
 

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never amazes me

how some jump in just to take shots!
Jim i loose most of my hooks on the big river, as i fish from the BANK mostly below the tailwatewers. I also run light lines there for cats as big heavy line is not needed there in open water.

Now in close range fishing like i do locally i run the quality hooks as i need the strength to match my gear..no since in running heavy tackle and i light hook that will bend or break...match your gear to the fishing conditions is the key.
But those who fish open water dont understand i guess?
 

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That's just an observation.:p

I couldn't resist a comment after I read this "Spend a few $100 on a good cat combo, but wont spend a few bucks for some awsome hooks.... geez!" I tried, but I'm getting weak in my old age ! (Besides, I've been overlooking most of them...) Those Kahle hooks are good, just ask Robbie. He's got trophy fish in them. I have some of them too. Maybe I'll take about 15 rods & use a different hook on each one ? ( Just joking !)
So anyway, does anyone think there's a difference in the straight eye on the shank or the turned eyes ? Does it make a difference on how the pressure is transmitted to the hook, and how & why ? I'm sure it's got to make a difference on the pressure on the point itself or the way it's going to apply the pressure after the hookup.
I know one of you guys has reseached it .
 
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