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Paulm
21-01-2001, 21:02
So what sort of hook patterns do you use for which situations. Thought i'd use this queston for a thread as recently iv'e met a few people who have been using the same hook pattern for all situations, some i think not suited to that particular hook.
So whats your best 'snag, surface, pop-up, bottom and open water fishing hook and why?

Paulm

scorpio
21-01-2001, 21:12
For surface fishing the lighter the hook you can get away with the better. For me it has to have a long shank as to hold the bait as I super glue it to the shank.

Tony

SAMR
21-01-2001, 21:17
right, here we go,
for pop-ups its the esp stiff rigger hooks in 5s - 6s - 7s
for bottom baits is esp g4 hooks in the same sizes
and for floater fishing and barbless work it is gardner talon tips.
Keep it sharp and real
Sam

CarponlineEditor
22-01-2001, 16:11
I must agree with the above post in that I have used Drennan's Super Specialists for years (normally a size four). They are strong enough for all of the situations that I find myself in. They are light enough for me to use with chum mixers while floater fishing and when I add to that that in the last two seasons so far I have landed over twenty twenties and a thirty on them and had only three hook pulls then I think they are fine.

They are very sharp as well which is important to me. And thinking about it I have even had three twenties and a double in two days on the same hook without resharpening it so they will do for me. I have used other hooks over the years but some have broken, some have bent and some are too heavy for my liking.

DanTheMan
22-01-2001, 16:20
i swear by the carp r us 'nailers' for bottom bait work, and esp stiff riggers or the nash 'gata' hooks for pop ups. the nailers are simply awesome- soooo strong,super sharp and very,very rarely have hook pulls with them.
good luck whatever u use boys!!
Dan

NODDY
22-01-2001, 19:24
I AGREE WITH FISHERMAN ON THIS ONE,I HAVE TRIED ALL SORTS BUT ALWAYS COME BACK TO THE DRENAN SUPER SECILIST.

scorpio
22-01-2001, 22:50
I also use super speialist in most sizes, even the size 16's are good and strong, they will hold a double no problem.

Tony

Dan
23-01-2001, 02:00
Raptors - hell yeah, very strong hooks!!

cheers
Dan

Paulm
23-01-2001, 02:04
You say 'Raptors' - Surley not for general surface fishing

Paulm

Dan
23-01-2001, 02:14
no, just on the bottom, saying that i did use a raptor for float fishing a while back when i left half me tackle in the garage and it was fine, the only problems i had was the chum mixer kept sinking due to the heavy hook..

cheers
Dan

Paulm
23-01-2001, 02:22
Had to ask! as the thread is about 'ALL' the different patterns you use for different situations.

Paulm

SAMR
23-01-2001, 18:32
I will use raptors happily for floater fishing amoungst the weed as they are so strong. If you are having problems about chum sinking use the tesco ones if you arn't already as they seem to be alot more boyant.
Keep it real
SAM

simos
24-01-2001, 22:09
i agree mate. my mum sends me hooks and briad from the states.one patten she sends me is not far off a fang at all(were talking mm in the bend of the hook)and they cost 1pound 70 for 25

G_CHILD
25-01-2001, 14:30
i know the ones your on about-size 2 owner cutting points arn't they ??? ha ha ha

Lofte
25-01-2001, 17:25
My Prefered all round hook is the Nash Fang in asny size depending on the time of year, I have not used many types of hook prefering to stick with what I now works although I have used Raptors and the Tallon tips (i think thats what they are called) and have had no problems what so ever.
I havent even had a hook pull Touch wood!
Lofte

CarponlineEditor
26-01-2001, 00:46
I have used the size fours for many years now and I havent had any problems with them. Saying that though I dont use them for snaggier situations I prefer a heavier hook for that type of fishing. I cant tell you which though as I trey different ones for snag or weedy situations. Mainly I use a size four Specialist though and I have had many fish on them.

It is what you are confident in that counts though I reckon.

Smarts
26-01-2001, 12:16
I use various patterns for my fishing.....but my choice has always been dominated by the Drennen barbless starpoints!
These are never mentioned anymore yet I've NEVER had a problem with them.....anyone got any views on them?

Smarts

Gaffer
26-01-2001, 13:08
Hi all, for snag fishing and pop-ups I use the Raptors in 8's, 6's and 4's because I like the look of the pattern and they are very strong.
For bottom baits and floaters I use the Big Fish Adventure 'Stingers' in 8's, 6's and 4's, they are soooo sharp and perfect for the knot-less knot.


All the best,

<font color=blue>Gaffer</font color=blue>

Smarts
29-01-2001, 13:26
If they open out like that...no wonder they've lost their edge!!
I must say that it's never happened to me,but in fairness I've only really given them a beating on a water that is not snaggy.
You're right about their shape...they don't lend themselves to most 'new fangled' rigs!
In fact,if any specimen angler is reading these posts,the hook is brilliant for hooking finicky bream and roach bites in the smaller sizes!

Thanks for your point,(what a pun!),on the continental boilie hooks,I had been looking at these for catfishing,but will now ignore them as a VERY sharp hook is needed for them!

Thanks Wolf,


Smarts