Anyone like wide gap hooks. Been looking at the L042 bronze hooks from eagle claw but wondering if I should go with the 043ssp stainless hooks instead. Is the stainless hooks a heaver hook? Is there a better hook entirely? Everyone says they use circle hooks but they look too close between the point and the shaft.
Other then that how do you guys keep dip bait on and what do you guys use them on. I got some of that sponge from Catfish Connection and some 4/0 treble hooks but the stuff still won't stay on in current. Even that Sudden Impact with all that good fiber in it still won't stay on. Just don't know how to keep it on.
Last Edit: Sept 30, 2014 16:52:58 GMT -5 by kbbgood
Post by mexicanthreat on Sept 30, 2014 20:27:38 GMT -5
I don't really know of anybody that uses dip or fiber baits. Those are made just to attract fish and only little fish are attracted by the scent of those. so sorry cant help ya there. But with the eagle claw hooks. If you feel that the tip is too close just bend them out a hair, or step up a size or two. Don't be afraid to modify the hooks. I modify almost every hook I use except for chalir browns. Or you could try finding a different brand.
there are two different kinds of bait here. Dip and punch bait. Dip bait is to be used with a dip tube or sponge hook. Punch bait with a lot of fibers like sudden impact is most often used with a bare treble hook. I love the sudden impact on a bare #4 treble hook. For putting either on a hook, just mix the top layer of your bait, press your tube or hook in until it is covered with whatever you're using, I like paint stirs, swirl it, and smooth the bait over it then pull your baited hook back out of the bait by the line. It stays on in current, especially the sudden impact. I fish the Ohio with tons of current. The reason you think it doesn't is because it falls off when you reel in, it's designed to dissolve in water to attract fish. Just put some on your hook, cast to where you want and let it sit for about 20 minutes. You will either catch a fish or it will be completely dissolved by then and it will be time to revisit your hook.