bent hooks for gills

Discussion in 'Bluegill Fishing' started by cliff n york, Aug 8, 2008.

  1. cliff n york

    cliff n york New Member

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    someone said, to stop gills from swolling the hooks, that they would bend the hooks. is this a long shank hook, are a shot one. also which way do you bend it. i must say i like this idea.
     
  2. stoney53

    stoney53 Well-Known Member

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    this is a new one on me it will be interesting to see how its done
     

  3. lforet2002

    lforet2002 Well-Known Member

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    This is true..You take a long shafted cricket hook and about halfway between the eyehole and the hooks point take your needle nose pliers or your hemostat and gently bend it towards the hook point..It almost ends up looking like a small circle hook..It works pretty good for me..
     
  4. thegavel

    thegavel New Member

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    Forget it all, go get yourself some 1/64 lead heads save all the damn hassle and worry of bending too much.

    Ever since I switched up 3 years ago I gut hooked one bluegill... and I go through several hundred a year!:wink:
     
  5. Flatheadhunter33

    Flatheadhunter33 New Member

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    Thanks for the tips! I gut hooked some gills Friday night that I would have much rather thrown out alive! Im gonna try it out.
     
  6. Ghosth

    Ghosth New Member

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    Very small jigs do work very well for catching gills in my experience.

    Also I tend to flatten the barb with a pair of pliers, not totally flat, but about halfway. Makes unhooking them a breeze, less stress on the fish, less time unhooking.

    When I used to fish with nieces and nephews a lot I always flattened barbs. If an accident happens its so much less tramatic. Plus it teaches them to keep the line tight. (little positive reinforcement doesn't hurt either)
     
  7. lforet2002

    lforet2002 Well-Known Member

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    Its always good to have a good pair of hemostats also..I also like to fish with a lil jig head under a cork.I usually put a tube jig and tip it with a lil crawler or power bait and jerk every 4-5 seconds..
     
  8. thegavel

    thegavel New Member

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    There is a new thread about using the 1/64 leadhead in the Bluegill Fishing section that tells you exactly how I do it... Any questions please feel free to PM me:wink:
     
  9. Plowboy411

    Plowboy411 New Member

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    in the old days, commercial cat fishermen would take some hog ring pliers and bend the hooks for there trout lines.
    they called it setting the hooks.
    they did this so they didn't gut hook so many of the fish.
    they would put the fish in a old whiskey barrel,and they would stay alive for weeks.
    you could adjust the hog ring pliers as not to bend the hook too much and not scratch the bluing on the hook.
    I hope this helps.