Jump to content
  • GUESTS

    If you want access to members only forums on HSO, you will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member. 😀

  • RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
Seth

Hook Sizes

Recommended Posts

What size of hooks do people like to use when fishing with leeches, minnows, and crawlers? and info would be great.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

#4 for leeches&crawlers,#2 with minnows,gamakatsu hooks by choice,little more money but very sharp.are we thinkin bout open water already? smile.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Quote:

#4 for leeches&crawlers,#2 with minnows,gamakatsu hooks by choice,little more money but very sharp.are we thinkin bout open water already?
smile.gif


heck yes~ Ice is fun, but i'll take open water given the choice. smirk.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Quote:

What size of hooks do people like to use when fishing with leeches, minnows, and crawlers?


Short-shanked hooks end up deeper in the fish's mouths, and are more difficult to remove without killing the fish than are long-shanked hooks. A number of catch-and-release and slot limit studies have confirmed that short-shanked hooks kill more fish than long-shanked hooks of the same size. And long-shanked hooks are definitely much easier to carefully remove if you intend to release the fish...

Long-shanked hooks also help to properly align the sharp point of the hook, when you strike a biting fish. This is especially true when using fine leader material...

I'm primarily a walleye fisherman, although I occasionally fish for crappies. I use the largest hook size I can get away with... Sometimes I carefully bend the point outward with smaller sized hooks to increase the gap and improve hooking odds.

When ice fishing, I tend to use Eagle Claw Model 202EL extra light wire Aberdeen pattern hooks exclusively. I believe that these fine wire hooks keep my minnow alive and active longer in extremely cold water.

In the winter, I use #1/0 size hooks for large (4+") minnows, #2 hooks for large crappie minnows, and #6 for the very smallest minnows.

Fishing for walleyes during open water periods, I prefer the #1/0 size discontinued Mustad Sneck kirbed hooks. Extensive tests by walleye fisherman on Rainy Lake during the late 1940s and 1950s confirmed that this hook style was superior to the larger Carlisle hooks then furnished on the famous Prescott spinners. Sneck style hooks are still available with some difficulty from Mustad Australia.

Good luck. wink.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

#6 with leetches and crawler harnesses, if the leetch is to big for a #6 then it is too big

depending on the minnow,

fatheads / smaller shiners - 6

Shiners / redtails - 4

Big Shiners and Sucker minnows - 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This past summer season I have used circle hooks almost exclusivly and used one size bigger then normal when using them ,,,I think I had fewer bites but my hooking percentage went up and I would have to say 90% were hooked in the corner of the mouth for easy hook removal ,,,I plan to tie up more circle hooks this coming open water season

Randoid

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Seth,

I have always liked the Lindner Policy of using what you can get away with. I always try to use a #8 Gammy for leeches, sometimes maybe an #6.

I like the #4 Gammy on my crawler harnesses.

#4 Gammys for minnows if I can, sometimes a #2. Depends on the size of the minnow.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • 504A for me. Taking a newbie out this year if he was drawn. Need this weather to turn around pretty quick.
    • I also picked up a couple extra trailer tilt pins in case someone walks off with mine again. I would have taken my enclosed trailer but my check engine light is on in my Suburban to and it comes up knock sensor. And they don't recommend driving it with bad knock sensor or could damage engine. Need a warmer day to tackle that as it involves removing the intake to get at the darn thing. Hope my luck improves
    • Seems like one could use chuck to make corned beef, but don't see much about it on the net...  Might be a fun experiment.
    • Dropped it off at dealer today and might be a week to get it back. Not sure you have relays with manual reverse but if anyone is looking for spares they are $5 at O Rielly parts and they have more expensive ones to but look just like the $5 ones. I bought 4 of them for spares. Im also going to ask mechanic when I pick it up if there is a way to get it out of reverse manually so if it ever happens out in the middle of the woods. 
    • corned beef is right up there but we are now getting into the season where the sales will start!!  love the ruebens too!!!  but it is one thing I never made from scratch, just store bought and cooked...  go for it bobber!!! 
    • Got drawn for the MN B season! Hope the weather cooperates.
    • Did you ever end up making corned beef Thunderlund? or anyone?The Mrs went up to cub yesterday so I had her pick up some c beef from the deli for Ruebens, holy moly they dont give that stuff away!!  I see most recipes call for brisket ( thinking maybe end up kind of stringy) but I do have several chuck roasts,  I'm thinking brining one and give it a whirl..If so how'd it turn out?
    • I use a lighter duty set on the front because they fit tighter and have better clearance. On the back I use  more aggressive v-bars. Sometimes one set isn’t enough and once I got stuck with both sets on. I’m pretty new to this too but for the most part they’ve worked  well for me. 
    • I've used these too. Do you add any meat or whole minnow? Hooked through the back or lip? 
×