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    Smile Who else is sharpening their hooks?

    I've recently started sharpening my hooks and my goodness does it make a difference! I never really inspected hooks out the packet before but do now every time, as I've found so many are not truly sharp. I'm not going to mention any brand names but some are worse than others. Anyone else noticing this?

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    I certainly have, and it doesn't seem to have done any harm. Not to the extent the Penning/Shelley do, but I use the Jag black file to fine up the points and then the Gardner point doctor to finish them off. Definitely sharper to the touch and I've been catching well this year when I've been.

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    I've got the jag kit and although the initial outlay seems a bit steep, I don't buy as many hooks as I used to. Once the point has turned I give it a quick file and it's back to its previous condition.

    After a bit of practice I'm managing to get them sharper with less filing. When I first got the kit I was taking far too much off weakening the hook.

    Definitely worth doing.

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    The only problem I forsee personally is it made me a bit lazy on a recent trip to France. A rig that I would usually chuck I made last days simply by checking and sharpening every cast. On the other hand it's gonna save me a fortune in tackle lol ��

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    I was given a sharpening stone by my grand father 30 years ago or more (sadly it was half inched with the rest of my kit earlier this year) and have always checked my hooks and touched them up when needed. However I think the main reason I favour the Carp R Us centrion 2000 hooks are due to the consistence in quality. I also find that once sharpened the hook can rust/oxidise quite quickly.

    I have used the Jag Kit for a couple of year and find it very good.

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    I've been on it for about a year or so and it has certainly made a difference to my angling , wouldn't use a hook that's not been sharpened nowadays

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    I've been sharpening my hooks for about 5 years. The first hook I ever sharpened was cast out and I caught my first 40, first cast. Needless to say I can't chuck a normal hook out now.
    I don't sharpen them as heavily as I used to. When I first started i really honed them to a fine point, JH style, but I found that they lose that sharpness after ~ 8 hours in the drink due to corrosion. I find there's a happy medium whereby you can make them far sharper than they are out of the packet but they'll maintain that sharpness for prolonged periods.

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    Because of all this sharping phase do you guys think the companies are now producing not as sharp hooks as they were a few years back?

    It seems that way to me when i recently bought some ESP stiff riggers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkieallard View Post
    Because of all this sharping phase do you guys think the companies are now producing not as sharp hooks as they were a few years back?
    Nah. It's a standard manufacturing process, they wouldn't modify it to make it worse, there's no benefit or saving in doing that.

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    Been sharpening mine since the jag stuff came out. The only hooks I don't shapen are drennen barbel hooks as I've never had a blunt one out of the packet and I've used loads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by darkieallard View Post
    Because of all this sharping phase do you guys think the companies are now producing not as sharp hooks as they were a few years back? It seems that way to me when i recently bought some ESP stiff riggers.
    Carp R Us are excellent always have been. I like the ACE, Solar, Nash and Gardner Atomic straight from the pack rarely found a bad one.

    I first really noticed the benefits of using a sharpening stone when using the Drennan Super Specialist hook in my late teens, when I fished the Hollows, an old gravel bit. The KM Z20 or something or other hook also benefited from the off.

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    I now use BMG hooks normmaly the R-Wide after quiet a few of the ESP were blunt.

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    Been sharpening my hooks for donkeys years, i used to use a diamond pen type file, and forceps as a vice. I always said i wouldn't pay out for the likes of the JAG or Pinpoint kit, however i recently got the JAG kit as a present, and i love it!

    I used to get great results with my old pen file but, now i can do the job quicker and easier. Now i've actually used the JAG, i woukd happily pay the asking price

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    Ive bin doing mine since the jag kit but now ive got the pinpoint hooks file, sticky sharp comes a lot quicker. I bought the kit for 30 nicker off the bay but you only really want the diamond file for a tenner if you got the jags already.

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    [QUOTE=JSlinn;2319442]Carp R Us are excellent always have been.QUOTE]


    Couldn't agree more. I have used the Carp R us hooks for a long time now and very rarely have to sharpen them much.
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    The vice pin point sell can be bought off the bay for a few quid. Save yourself some money.
    That goes for the hooks they sell as well, they are the old shimano ones with a different sticker on the box. They are on the same auction site from a number of different sellers.

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    I actually stopped sharpening the hooks and just made sure the Fuka was sharp preferring the coating to prolong its initial life whilst out there. Sharpening hooks is a short term advantage and can help your determine the type of area your fishing.

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    I think hooks are not as sharp these days and i'm convinced its to do with all these coatings they put on them... I mean a carp is not going to be spooked by a hook that hasn't had a matt coat put on IMO... Maybe if fishing in very shallow water but even then i find this hard to pallet.

    I sharpen mine straight out the pack with the Gardner rubber sharpener block, It takes the coating off on the tip nicely and really does increase the sharpness and ouch factor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JSlinn View Post
    Sharpening hooks is a short term advantage and can help your determine the type of area your fishing.
    Agree.
    But... Specialist Sharpened Hooks have just release an Anti Rust Compound that might be worth a look. I've tried everything.... the JAG pens, Vaseline, Mucilin etc.... and none of them are wholly effective. I've order some of this new stuff, if the pics of the test results are anything to go by then this is the solution.

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    Always either sharpened mine or if I didn't have time bought a few packets from Jason Hayward. but since the new Fox hook range has come out I genuinely don't bother any more... pin sharp out of the packet.

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