Broken Hooks on Trotline?? (what was it?)

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by catpound, Jun 3, 2007.

  1. catpound

    catpound New Member

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    Had a trotline set in what was supposed to be a good flat head area. Set and baited yesterday using a few different types of hooks. What seemed like the strongest and best hooks turned out to have one hook straightened out and one hook broke off by the barb. These were 7 ot circle hooks from wallmart. I think they were maybe "sharp" brand. Not sure if this could have been just a cheap hook or if something big layed into her. This was intriging for me, we had cut blue gill on nearly everything because of all of our blue gill not making it through the trip. At the end of the trotline was the one and only thing we caught a medium size snapper. Could have this snapper or a bigger snapper straightened one hook and then broke another 7 ot hook or was this a monster flatty?
     
  2. Salty1

    Salty1 New Member

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    Big snappers in my opinion but you know what they say about opinions. Everyone has one and they all stink !!!:tounge_out:
     

  3. catpound

    catpound New Member

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    yeah i hear that tamjohn expecially with fishing. thanks and does anyone have any advice on a the strongest hook? I've always used and liked 6-10 ot circle hooks, they seem strong and I like them because I bank pole fish and set trot lines. I figured this helped keep the bluegill on better and the fish I catch until i return to check.
     
  4. slipbobber

    slipbobber New Member

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    Mustad 6/0 big gun is what you need.. Pulled a 67lb flathead in with it, Over a mth ago and i am still using the same hook, all i have done is sharpened it alittle.
     
  5. river scum

    river scum New Member

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    was your line tied to something solid? if i cant give a little fish will pull off or straitin hooks.

    just a thaught.
     
  6. catpound

    catpound New Member

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    Thanks for the info fellas, any advice is greatly appreciated
     
  7. IL_CATFISH

    IL_CATFISH New Member

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    I would have to say it was either Nessy or the Sasquach. Seriously!
     
  8. turkey22

    turkey22 New Member

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    It was the turtle. I fish trotlines with the same hook you are using and catch catd all the way up to 80 lbs. The only time I get one bent or broken is in the jaws of a Loggerhead.
     
  9. catdaddy007

    catdaddy007 Member

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    Fishing with cut brim I would say it was a turtle or a gar.I've never caught flathead on anything but live bait.Try to find some sun perch or mudcat they stay alive for days.Small grinnel work really well too.
     
  10. catpound

    catpound New Member

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    thanks guys I appreciate all the info
     
  11. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    Also, make sure that a good fish can't get a solid pull. You can either use bungee cords or pieces of inner tube at each end, or use rocks to keep the trotline taut (see library for diagram).
     
  12. osageCo_flathead

    osageCo_flathead New Member

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    I set a lot of limblines and have never had the hooks straitened...but I have on trotlines....the limblines have a lot of play in them. I use size 9 stainless Shanasities trotline hooks ordered from Barlows....they have great prices and these last a while and are easy to resharpen. Sounds like you have an exciting situation on your hands.
     
  13. dylan543

    dylan543 New Member

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    a STRONG hook i would suggest would be EAgle claw.They work for me.And i say it was a snapper.
     
  14. massa_jorge

    massa_jorge New Member

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    i say turtle or gar, but there's the opinion factor... tru turns are extremely strong hooks, that's a proven fact, in my book. i am a circle hook kinda guy, but when i want to set the hook, tru turn is what i use. they also rotate on a trotline.
    jerry's right on with the innertube for the shock absorber. you ever take a 50' piece of the twine you are using and tie one end to a stationary object, like a fencepost, you can pull and stretch it quite a bit. now take a two foot piece and see how much play you get- not much! now with that shock absorber, anything on that hook is less likely to massacre it and more likely to be waiting on you come morning. just hopefully not a dang turtle!

    main thing is, if you're fishin flatties, use live bait instead of cutbait.

    good luck!
     
  15. walleye086

    walleye086 New Member

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    I have never broke a gammy!
     
  16. medicdano

    medicdano New Member

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    I love gamagatsu's. The sharp brand at the walmart is crap. I use 3/0 - 6/0 j hooks but a lot of guys use circles.
     
  17. luvforcatfish

    luvforcatfish New Member

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    this sounds like one huge flattie to me.
     
  18. slim1

    slim1 New Member

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    I have had some big hooks straightend before I started to use rubber bunge straps as a shock absorber. I big flathead can sure do some damage.
     
  19. puck55

    puck55 New Member

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    there's many a ways you can get a strightened hook i've got a couple due to snappers, had a couple happen from gar, even had 2-3 happen coz of floating debris it all depends many different factors