Should I buy cheap hooks or good hooks?

Discussion in 'Terminal Tackle Review' started by whiskerchaser, Jul 31, 2006.

  1. whiskerchaser

    whiskerchaser Member

    New Mexico
    Ok on ebay there is someone selling imported circle hooks 50 for $7.50 or 100 for $11.50 and there someone else selling gamakatsu octopus circles 25 for $10 which one should i buy a bunch of cheap imported hooks or a few good brand hooks?
  2. tigger_tat_55

    tigger_tat_55 Member

    if you have the cash, buy the good hooks.

    i have tried saving money on hooks in the past. all I saved was fish that never made it to the boat.

  3. IL Hunter

    IL Hunter New Member

    Normal, IL
    If you can afford it I'd buy the nicer hooks. They will last longer and actually be sharp enough to catch fish.
  4. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

    Triadelphia, WV
    Walter Flack
    I wouldnt cut any corners when it comes to buying hooks. It could be the difference when that one fish of a lifetime comes along. Go with quality not quantity.
  5. teaysvalleyguy

    teaysvalleyguy New Member

    GC, OHIO
    Quality over quantity any day, you dont want to lose a big fish because of a cheap hook.
  6. metalman

    metalman Well-Known Member

    You can get 25 Gamakatsu 8/0 Octopus Circles for 8 bucks and change from Catfish Connection...W
  7. dreamer34

    dreamer34 New Member

    danville virginia
    belive in the old get what you pay for
  8. Dreadnaught

    Dreadnaught New Member

    Buying cheap hooks will come back to haunt you in the end. Stay with the good stuff.
  9. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

    I use the best in fishing line and terminal tackle.

    I have purchased some of the cheap circle hooks you saw on E-Bay to see if there was some hidden secret out there, and I do not like the gap on them. They probably work for smaller fish ok, but I prefer the Gama's.
  10. gadzooks

    gadzooks New Member

    Kingwood, Tx (Houston)
    Either deal is no deal. Circles cost about $8 for 25 at local big box sporting goods stores, haven't checked Bass Pro or Cabela's, but you would be better off doing that before buying from EBay. Its not that I don't trust people selling on Ebay, but I don't. With hooks, like a lot of other things, I find it best to look before I buy.
  11. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

    Guthrie, Oklaho
    I also would say quality, unless they are stainless steel. SS hooks shouldn't even be used in fresh water as they don't rust. So, if the fish takes the hook deep, you can't just cut your line and release the fish, hoping the hook will quickly rust. And, those hooks you invariably loose on rocks and snags stay in the water to catch more fish. SS has it's place, but it is salt water. Now for the disclaimer - that is strictly my own opinion.
  12. Douglas Foster

    Douglas Foster New Member

    SW Oklahoma
    I've bought new in the bag Gama's off of ebay for a good price. In fact, I just finished looking at some before I came here. I have to agree with what the others have all said, go for the quality.
  13. Georgiajack

    Georgiajack New Member

    Get the best you can afford, in the type hook you like, and never look back. Jack. :wink:
  14. s_man

    s_man New Member

    south east ohio
    Sounds like you haven't used gamma's before. Once you do you'll understand why they cost so much more. They are a top shelf hook, razor sharpness stays, don't rust easily in your box, wont bend or break. You wont be dissapointed, I have used them exclusively for 8 years and have not had bad one yet.
  15. Coyote1

    Coyote1 New Member

    Dear Brother Haught;
    James, at the risk of repeating what so many of the other Brothers and Sisters have said, I too, must advise you to buy the best quality hooks you can afford! Good Hooks are made of quality materials, professionally tempered so that they hold a sharp point and edge, and will not "Bend OUT" like cheaper ones will.
    As for Ebay. There is an old Latin saying and I don't know how to spell it correctly but it goes something like this: "Cravat Eaptor". Now that everyone has finished with a good LOL:roll_eyes: , what it translates as is "LET THE BUYER BEWARE"! Which is something that ALL should observe and practice no matter if on Ebay or any other website, or even when out shopping in person!!
    I have found my computer to be of tremendous help in doing my research and "homework" before making a purchase or going out and making a purchase, especially if I am heading out to battle the St. Louis traffic!!
    I have also found that when it comes to Catfishing Gear, that all you have to do is ASK {giving the details of your questions of course} as in Make A Post, your fellow Brothers and Sisters of the BOC and they will be HAPPY to give you their opinions AND/OR their experiences. Chances are, you will find that one or more will most likely have had personal experience with the product you are considering or knows of someone whom has!
    In fact, THAT Very Reason, is what the BOC was founded upon!:big_smile: The sharing of Knowledge and Experiences where Catfishing was concerned! By seeking out the advice and opinion of my BOC Bro's and Sis's I have saved quite a bit of money by either NOT buying something that I found out I really did not need, or, by being able to make the right, informed, choice the first time! :big_smile:
    OOPS!, here I go getting long winded again!:sad2:
    Buy the Best Quality Hooks you can afford. I would offer the very same advice when it comes to Line also. Because your line is what that Catfish is going to be chewing on!! Think about what your asking your Line and Hooks to do??? ... You will quickly see what "I" and the other Bro's and Sis's are talking about! :smile2:
    Even though the BOC and Catfish Connections no longer sponsor each other, I have found the hooks and lines that I have purchased from them to be of good quality and they also tend to "Specialize" in the styles and SIZES!, of hooks that we BOC folks tend to need! Should you call them, and by the way, their catalog is free for the asking and their website is: and the phone is: 1-800-929-5025. Ask for "Stacy" as she is my contact when I have questions or need an order to go out on time and correctly. They also have "product specialists" similar to those that Cabela's have but they are not as ... shall we say, articulate as the ones that work for Cabela's.
    You can get by with perhaps a lesser expensive Rod and you can get by with a less expensive reel. What I am saying here is you don't NEED the most expensive Rod or Reel, there are good quality "Average" Rods and Reels out there but when to comes to your line and hooks, please, don't "skimp" on Quality there because, as the others have said, when you have that "Record Book Kat" on the hook and line, that is exactly when they will fail you! Not only will you be :sad2: but you will most likely be :angry: at yourself when you reel in that "bent out/straightened" hook or broken line!
    Sorry for getting so long-winded. I just don't want anyone making some of the mistakes that I've made over the years if I can help keep them from it.
    Hope this helps a little bit.
    Fraternally and Cordially,
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  16. kscathunter

    kscathunter New Member

    Ill second that, good post. but on the other hand I have bought alot of cheeper hooks to make sure I always have enough.
  17. buddah

    buddah New Member

    Pennsylvania Wi
    Definatly buy the good ones! A sharp hook is a must and the better hooks stay sharp longer. Just my opinion.
  18. HRCats

    HRCats New Member

    Everyone here has said what i have come to learn. Quality over quantity. You can either listen to them or do i like i did and learn the hard way. Lose a big fish because of inferior tackle. Sometimes self taught lessons are the best!
  19. savage308

    savage308 New Member

    Victoria, Texas
    If you don't mind losing a big fish buy the cheap hooks... My personal preference is get the best and buy american.......
  20. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

    These hooks can be bought from catfish connection. They are Eagle Claw kahle hooks and all come in boxes of 50 hooks. 5/0 & 6/0 nickle plated are $4.95 per box. 7/0 nickle plated are $5.00 per box. 8/0 Black King Kahles are $12.95 per box. 9/0 Black King Kahles are $13.50 per box. and 10/0 Black King Kahles are $13.95 per box. These are an excellent hook and are reasonably priced. They charge I beleive $4.00 shipping weather you purchase 1 item or 15. The only thing I dont like about catfish connection is they are no longer a BOC sponsor But every time I order from them I've been trying to get them back.