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Christopher Quast

Great tip to landing more fish.

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I went out fishing with a long term veteran 2 weeks ago and I kept missing my hooksets and he asked me if hooks were sharp and I said of course they were I just took the lure out of the package this morning and he said that doesn't always mean much.

So then I got curious and asked what he meant by that comment and he informed me that just about all hooks are laser sharp like they claim, but thats right before they dip them in a anti-rust coating and this coating makes them dull hence the reason you don't have a good hookup rate.

If you take a hook file and knock that coating off it will make a night and day difference and a good way to test if your hook is truly dull just place your hook tip or point down and try to slide it across your finger nail while the hook is perpendicular 90% to your nail and it should catch and not slide at all.

This has greatly improved my hookup rate and just thought I'd pass this great tip on to whoever could use and I'm sure there are people on here that already new this.

Try this and you will not regret it. Good Fishing

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I s**k at remembering to do this. And like you said, my hookup rates show it.

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I sharpen my hook and set it at least one more time when bringing the fish to the net. At least this way I don't have to watch it get away at the net.

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Show them an Owner cutting point. Lowest inertia for penetration, because it's like a surgical needle point with a flat cutting edge and not just a point.

Only bad thing is hook setting causes a big cutting gash.

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Thanks for the tip laugh I've always wonder why my fresh jigs keeps losing fish.

As to the owner hooks, they are deadly...especially on your fingers.

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Having sharp hooks helps, but those old timers got skills. They know how much power to set the hook to make penetration so the barb will stick, yet not cause a rip or tear that the hook can fall out when a fish shakes its head.

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does anyone know what kind of hooks are in fireball jigs?

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Great information what type of file do you use? I never sharpen my hooks but have always thought it may be a good idea!

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I'm still using the E-Z Lap diamond hook hone myself. Its been my favorite for years.

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