Octopus Hooks question

Discussion in 'Terminal Tackle Review' started by flathead_ky, Mar 29, 2006.

  1. flathead_ky

    flathead_ky New Member

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    I know that with the circle hooks, I have been told that you dont really have to set the hook. I am going to be using octopus hooks for the first time and wanted to know if there is any certain way that you need to fish them?
     
  2. Baitkiller

    Baitkiller New Member

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    You would use them the same way as a regular "J" hook.
     

  3. tanner

    tanner New Member

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    just avoid the hookset. just lift up on the rod and start reeling. just be careful...those hooks seem to be sharper than others. i have jabbed myself several times with them...:crying:
     
  4. barbel

    barbel New Member

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    Well, I am a little confused on what type of hook you are using, so I will address them both.

    Octopus Circle Hook: I see this most often made by Gamakatsu. They are like a normal circle hook (point bent back towards the shank dramatically) but have a turned eye. The turned eye has the purpose of facilitating a snell knot, and I find it works best if you DO snell it when it has a turned eye. You dont set the hook with these, but instead you just let the fish load up the rod. They are good when cats are taking the bait and running.

    Octopus Hook: These are just like regular J hooks (point goes straight up) but they have a turned eye as well. Like with the Octopus circle hooks, the eye is used for snelling, and it also works best this way. With these you DO have to set the hook, like with a regular J hook, and I find they work best for live baits or really big cut baits.

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  5. s_man

    s_man New Member

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    I have found that I have a better hook up percentage if I let the flathead load up on the rod before I set the octopus hook. It seem to me that when they turn down river they still have their mouth slightly open. If I set now the hook comes out sometimes along with the bait. So when the clicker goes off turn the handel to stop the free spool and just let him move off till your rod is bent good, this makes him think his meal is slipping away and he will close his mouth, then stick him hard.
     
  6. Catfishhunter

    Catfishhunter New Member

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    Trent, I use the octopus hook and I keep the reel engaged and when the rod loads up I set the hook...
     
  7. flathead_ky

    flathead_ky New Member

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    They are not circle octopus hooks. I always use a Palomar knot. Is this a good knot to use with these hooks, because I have seen that a lot of anglers use a snell?
     
  8. barbel

    barbel New Member

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    If they have a turned eye, it is better to use a snell. It will still work with a palomar, but not quite as well. The snell will pull more directly on the shank, which will in turn put more pressure on the actual POINT of the hook, so it can penetrate better.
     
  9. Damian_Storm

    Damian_Storm New Member

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    i like using the 8/o to 10/0's with big gills on them and i wouldn't say i ever actually "SET" the hook...when the nail it and the clicker is goin all i do is start leaning on them to get them to turn around...every once in awhile i'll get excited and yank it but, when i do i usually miss them......
     
  10. s_man

    s_man New Member

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    Kentucky, I always use a snell knot, learn to tie one and try it out. It seems to me that I get a better hook set. Some times a palomar won't cinch up and stay tight to the hook and the hook moves in the knot. The snell also does less damage to coated super-lines when cinching them up.
     
  11. LarryE

    LarryE New Member

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    guess I know now why walmart was selling octopus hooks when I knew there wasn't any octopus swimming in our ******** around here lol
     
  12. cathunter28

    cathunter28 New Member

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    how do you make a snell and what is it like to no. I do the fishermans knot go around 6to 7 times bring it back down go throw and pull.I have not had it slip or brake yet. good luck to all
     
  13. tkishkape

    tkishkape New Member

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    I snell on a #2/0 to a 4/0 octopus hook when fishing live bait as the shank is shorter and does not give the fish as much leverage to throw the hook.