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james_walleye

knots on gamagatzus?

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Hey just curious what kind of knots you guys tie up when tying up a gamagatzu for lindy riggin? Snell knots? Trilene knots? A guy at GM told my friend when using a hook with that bent eye like a gamagatzu octopus livebait hook that you should tie up the snell knot or the hooking percentage goes down? I've never noticed this as i've never used a snell knot. What do you guys think?

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Snelling octopus style hooks is always a good idea. You don't HAVE to, as we tie quick trilene knots once in awhile if we're in a hurry and don't have poor luck with them. I always snell them up when I re-rig later however...

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I agree, if the hook has a bent eye a snell knot is the best way to go. That doesn't mean other knots won't work, it just means the snell knot is best for that hook.

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Where would I look to learn to tie a snell not??

Do a google search for animated fishing knots or snell knots or anything like that. Lots of good resources come up for lots of different knots. There are at least 3 ways to tie a snell knot, the way I use is pretty close to the animation on netknots dot com

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For sure you should snell any bent eye style of hook. There are some good knot tying tools out there that make wrapping a snell knot pretty easy for folks who are new to this knot or if they're all thumbs.

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I snell them with a uni-knot, it's quicker and easier for me. I think it does make a difference for hook-ups.

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I'm not so sure about the hooking percentage increasing as much as the not holding better on a big fish. On a cinch or Trilene knot you have 1 or 2 wraps around the eye of the hook. With a snell I have 9 wraps around the shank.

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