Who sharpens hooks? What type hook sharpener do you use?

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by HOKIEFISHER, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. HOKIEFISHER

    HOKIEFISHER New Member

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    I was wondering who sharpens catfish hooks, if so when, how often, and with what type of sharpener.
     
  2. Dirtdobber

    Dirtdobber Guest Staff Member

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    First, welcome to the BOC. I sharpen my hooks. I use a diamond stone and I check them everytime I rebait. It takes just a second to touch up a hook and I can't afford to buy hooks all the time.
     

  3. john catfish young

    john catfish young New Member

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    I use hooks right out of the box, just like they are. After I've fished with them, I always check them to see if I feel a burr or something and if so, I will sharpen them with a hook sharpening stone that I have. Does an awesome job.:wink:
     
  4. BIG_D

    BIG_D New Member

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    welcome Will yes i sharpen mine with a diomond stone works good
     
  5. Snagged2

    Snagged2 New Member

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    I'll touch up a hook that has become ,,, not sharp, but, not very often when I'm fishing,,Mostly, I'll be going through my tackle, and find stuff, including swivels, weight sets, etc, need some kind of attention, and I'll pile it up and and deal it on my bench when I have some time..
     
  6. tyrupp

    tyrupp New Member

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    I buy my hooks from Pete at wildwolf , his hooks are as sharp at the end of the season as when I first used em, no sharpening needed. The color is usually wore off, but the sharp is not. (red 7/0 octopus sickle hook)
     
  7. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    Sharpening hooks is a good way to pass time while waiting on a strike when the fishing is slow. I also sharpen my used hooks and re-snell them with new leader line during the winter months.
     
  8. 1mickymoo

    1mickymoo New Member

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    I do sharpen hooks at times, carry a stone with me, but.... I have never sharpened while fishing, never. It's easier to just put on a new leader and fish, P-R-O-C-R-A-Stinate.
     
  9. catfisherman369

    catfisherman369 Floyd

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    Welcome to the BOC. I use hooks right out of the box . If they become a problem I change hooks and chuck the old ones into a coffee can . Once the can gets full I give them to a buddy of mine , he resharpens them and uses them on jugs and trot lines . He in return saves up lead battery terminals and gives me a bucket full about the same time I give him hooks and other stuff I quit using .
     
  10. tnvol

    tnvol New Member

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    I usually have rigs prepared so if need be I just tie on a new rig. I'll sharpen hooks at home when I'm servicing the rest of my tackle.
     
  11. Kansas Tree Rat

    Kansas Tree Rat New Member

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    I ALWAYS sharpen hooks. I keep boxes of hooks by my recliner and sharpen them as I am watching TV. I use a small fine file and I keep one with me when I am on the water. It does not take much about 3 or 4 strokes.
     
  12. waynesburgjay

    waynesburgjay New Member

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    Most of the hooks I use never need a sharpening but the eagle claw kahles i use you have to sharpen once in a while. I use a small stone made for hooks.
     
  13. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    I agree with this post. I make up leaders during the winter months and check the hooks as I go. When I'm on the water I just Chane the hooks out and sharpener touch up with a Berkley Hook Sharpener. Any terminal tackle or other equip that needs attention is separated and worked on at home.
     
  14. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    By habit,I check every hook I tie on,if I feel it needs it ,I hit it a lick or two with a cheapo hook file. Not every hook is the same straight out of the pkg.
     
  15. westvirginiacatfish

    westvirginiacatfish New Member

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    Welcome to the B.O.C :cool2::smile2::smile2:

    I do all my sharpening at home. I pre-tie all my leaders so if I'm out fishing and a hook becomes dull I just replace with another. That way I have more time to fish.
     
  16. tnvol

    tnvol New Member

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    Yep. Thats what I do.
     
  17. kscathunter

    kscathunter New Member

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    i do like most, make shure they are sharp when i pretie then tie a new one on when fishing as needed then go through them later and touch them up
     
  18. plainsman

    plainsman New Member Supporting Member

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    I"ll check mine, and I have a diamond sharpening hook file that I use. I don't spend a lot of time on it.
     
  19. HOPPY4

    HOPPY4 New Member

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    Wheather it be for Cats or Carp, I will sharpen the hook that I am using. This being said, I tie up leaders and place them on a board to be ready when I get to the shore. This is also done when fishing Saltwater!! This prevents me having to make them up while fishing. The occasional Break-Off is also a quicker fix. A Diamond file with a grooved indentation will work best of all to my thinking. A quick Touch-Up before the casting begins is also reccomended. JMHO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    HOPPY4
     
  20. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    I always keep an eye on my hook points, and when one seems the least bit dull, I toss it into a box to be sharpened later. Bent hooks go in the same box to be re-shaped or thrown away, whichever seems best. To sharpen my hooks, I've always used a 3-sided file about 8"-9" long.

    But, while we're talking about sharpening hooks, I've seen the battery powered hook sharpeners that sharpen the hook point into a round point, like a pencil. I've used saltwater hooks with round points, and they were extremely sharp. Has anyone ever tried a battery powered sharpener that sharpens like that? If so, how did it work?