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15-02-2005, 12:49
Looking for recommendations for very strong, sharp hooks suitable for pop-ups for Catting. Two seasons ago I wouldn't look at anything but Raptors but had a few open out on me last season.
I'm looking at the Drennan Continentals is there anything stronger in a size 4/5/6?

15-02-2005, 12:53
Size 6 Mugga's...

15-02-2005, 12:53
Drennan Continentals are bloody strong also ltake a look at
Eustace penetrator continentals. and Carp-R-us centurians

15-02-2005, 12:56
Thank's guy's I like the slightly wider gape of the Raptors for Pop-ups.Aren't Muggas better for bottom baits?

15-02-2005, 13:01
Mugga's suit either Jack.
Fangs - are they not Penetrators??? Great hooks though. Size 4 Owner Aya's (small for their size) or just get on the tiny eagle claws! http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif

15-02-2005, 13:01
used to use eustace catfish hooks thery were pukka , but i think they start size 2 cant be sure tho.....

15-02-2005, 13:07
or something in the maruto range like the eagle wave, but once again not sure if they are sell smaller sizes..

15-02-2005, 13:08
I did pick up some Nash specialist carp 1 at the end of last season but as yet had nothing bigger than a bream on them.

Cheers Continentals , Fangs & specialist carp 1's it is.

15-02-2005, 13:08

Take a look at some of the patterns by OWNER. They have a range of 'bait' hooks that are well strong and a suitable pattern with some nice wide gapes.

If you want really seriously strong hooks look at the pattern called 'GORILLA' ,see here, (http://www.eangler.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?storeId=10701&catalogId=10051&lang Id=-1&categoryId=1380612&bct=&page=34) they are available in the uk if you shop about and they are available in smaller sizes i.e 0/6, 0/4 etc.

Hope that helps http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/wink.gif

15-02-2005, 13:10
Eagle waves do come in smaller sizes but i would saya as tey get smaller they are not the best hooks to be using for cats.

I will be on continentals this coming season,,,, looks purfect to me,, time will tell though i guess

15-02-2005, 13:14
Had a load a cats on the Muggas..highly recommended for strength- they don't just 'let go' but seem to progressivley open under extremes...I've had a few come in on slightly opened hooks, but none broke.

Owner are well tough as well- as Tyke says the Gorillas are great, the Flyliners are a good shape for Pop ups as well, and I believe were designed as a live baiting hook...?

Otherwise, consider the Eagle waves, they do come in smaller sizes, and are UGLY hooks that are for cats, never seen one open (yet!)

Good luck http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/smile.gif

15-02-2005, 13:19
ASHIMA do a range of 'Super Heavy Carp' hooks that I have done ok on. Classic curved shank, straight point, straight eye and heavy wire. Never had one let me down.

Take some finding these days but top hooks nonetheless.

Oh just found this. (http://www.gazzaproducts.co.uk/acatalog/Ashima.html)

15-02-2005, 13:23
The fangs and penertrator 2's are very similar but not quite the same. The pattern is slightly different and the finish on the Penertrtors is so much better and the point is a lot sharper than the fangs thats why the penertratos are nearly £4 a packet

15-02-2005, 18:49
Owner Aya's and tshuei (spelling?) are worth a look, both nice & strong, CRU centurions are also well strong, they used to make a cotinental version of the short shank nailer which you could tow a tank with, not sure if they still make them though but might be worth looking into

16-02-2005, 17:48
John Don't worry about the hook just use my S or B rig any old hook works with it!!!!!

You know it makes sense.


16-02-2005, 21:14
Ive Had Raptors and Mugga's both open out on me last year !! Although ESP tell me they may have been an old batch, seriously impressed with the Fangs so far, although the real test will be in the spring when your hanging on for dear life as they steam towards a snag having just woken from there winter slumber http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/shocked.gif

16-02-2005, 21:32
Good old fashioned Drennan Specialist hooks are the best i have used by far! or there is the Owner Eyed hooks, superb to!! http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/cool.gif