Treble hooks for catfish

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by copycat, Apr 7, 2006.

  1. copycat

    copycat New Member

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    I am going to be fishing on the river near me, it is a tidal river and gets brackish. The river runs to depths of 40 feet in areas and i will be drifting and trying holes in areas. My question is can I use a large treble hook instead of say a 5/0 "J" or "circle hook" on a three way rig for chunks of bluegill, bunker, chicken livers, etc.
     
  2. RamRod

    RamRod New Member

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    I don't see an issue in trying it, my only concern would be the possibility of getting snagged up more.
     

  3. brinley45cal

    brinley45cal Active Member

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    I dont see why it wouldnt work,but like ramrod said you could have a problem with snags.But theres only one way to find out and thats give it a try,let us know how it worked out for ya.
     
  4. copycat

    copycat New Member

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    What size treble hook should I try
     
  5. Baitkiller

    Baitkiller New Member

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    Copycat

    Sure you can Copy! I use the "Terrible" 6/0s instead of a 8/0 "J" hook on the Flatties from time to time.

    I'd guess/opinion would be an 2/0 or 1/0 treble to replace the "J" hook size you said above.

    There are alot here on BOC that will not use a "TERRIBLE" hook for they fear it may hurt a fish. Todate I've not seen a problem on any of cats but they do scare the heck out of me.

    Copycat you said you are usin a 3-way rig. For whats its worth, with dead bait I,ve been fooled , along with others here when using a 3-way and a cat picks up the bait and comes right at you! If using a "Paternoster" rig the same way you would the 3-way this should/will not happen ;) .
    http://www.catfish1.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1777
     
  6. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    Well, I'll be doggone. You mean I have been using one of those fancy named rigs and didn't even know it. Cheez. What will they think of next.
     
  7. copycat

    copycat New Member

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    Should I use a regular poternoster or a running paternoster?
     
  8. Baitkiller

    Baitkiller New Member

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    Copycat

    The running replaces the 3-way rig but acts like a "Carolina Rig".

    Plus you can have a break away sinker too :confused: !!
     
  9. Netmanjack

    Netmanjack New Member

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    Tom, check out the Alternative Paternoster In the library.
     
  10. carpfisherman11

    carpfisherman11 New Member

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    treble hooks dont get snagged up if you put it above the sinker
     
  11. jim

    jim New Member

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    Many studies over the years have shown a Single hook to be more efficient at hooking and holding fish.The treble hooks oppose each other and despite the seemingly more efficient idea of three being better than one it hasn't proven to be true.Trebles are also easier to dislodge and throw from the fishes perspective although I'm sure that there are plenty of brothers on here that will attest to the hooking efficiency of trebles on humans.:) ;) :cool:
     
  12. tdpasser

    tdpasser New Member

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    When fishing salmon in WA a treble hook on a jig would be plucked out of the mouth eaiser than a single hook. When one of the hooks in in the lower jaw the salmon could then hook the upper jaw and pull the lower loose and then then throw the hook. We had to use barbless hooks and the thought was the single would stay in the mouth better when hooked but the treble would get more inital hookups. A salmon mouth is very hard which also helped them throw the hook. I think a treble with barbs would have a hard time coming out of a cat mouth which is softer and more skin like. Extra free hooks for the bluegill to take you into a snag though.
     
  13. CJSCASTER

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    Tom,

    I don't see any reason why you shouldn't be able to use a trebly hook. If there's a lot of debris in the water a treble might catch more of it, but I wouldn't let that stop me.

    Good luck.

    Paul
     
  14. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    Treble hooks work great for me when i am using liver.
     
  15. master_cat

    master_cat New Member

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    i dont much like the use of treble hooks i like the kale
     
  16. copycat

    copycat New Member

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    It was just a thought that I might try. I don't want to do any more damage to the fish than need be.