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Walleye FIshing Hooks - what is your favorite? What is the best?

by , Posted to on 06/30/2009 10:29 PM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/16/2001
Location: ND
I have been trying all the hooks I can think of and I have found four brands to be the best, with one standing above them all. Here is my rankings based on sharpness and especially strength. 

1. Gamakatsu - I have never seen a dull one, never had one break but I have bent them.  I have seen, but not personally experienced one broken hook on a painted hook.

2. Owner, very sharp, bend more than the gammy's and occasionally break

3. Daiichi - very nice sharp hooks, bend and also break easier than the top two. 

4 . mustad ultrapoint  - good hooks, still vulnerable to bending, breaking and occasional dulling





These are my thoughts, I order gamakatsu hooks 500 at a time because I haven't found anything better.   Your thoughts, opinions and such on this are appreciated.  Thx
Re: Walleye FIshing Hooks - what is your favorite? What is the best?
by on 06/30/2009 10:58 PM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/11/2006
Location: ND
VMC Fast grip hooks
I have had much luck with no breaks and a couple bent hooks. I use size 4 or 6. The triple barbs lock on for very few lost fish
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Re: Walleye FIshing Hooks - what is your favorite? What is the best?
by on 06/30/2009 11:27 PM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/11/2008
Location: ND
Gammakatsu Red Octopus #6. razor sharp, never had one break, and only straightened one in my lifetime. Excellent hooksets, very few shake outs.
Re: Walleye FIshing Hooks - what is your favorite? What is the best?
by on 07/01/2009 04:40 AM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/27/2004
Location: ND

1. Gamakatsu - for my llindy's and spinners- "live" rod  #4 or #2------ however I'm not convinced they are that much better to justify the cost

2. Owner - #2 red circle hooks for my "dead" rod,   do a nice job of hooking them in the corner of the mouth,    I've tried the #4s but they dont seem to hook up as well as the #2s---- Maybe because all I catch is big fish?   

3.  Mustad Ultra Point Triple Grip hooks for the cranks--  they work as advertised imho and seem to stay sharp

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Re: Walleye FIshing Hooks - what is your favorite? What is the best?
by on 07/01/2009 10:46 AM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/14/2003
Location: ND
I am pretty much in line with permo except I think the mustads are much stronger than all of the hooks mentioned.  At least, from my expierence.  I don't think anything matches the sharpness of the gama, however.

VMC does impress me with the treble hooks.  Definitely makes a difference with cranking.  I have, however, gone to the mustad triple grips.  Not sure why, I think it was just what was available at the time and I knew they worked.

Now for spinner rigs, I went with the mustad because I suspect having some hangups in the new vegetation and rocks, sandstone, etc that the high water has put back into play.  As permo said, gamas (my go to hook) have shown signs of bending (happens when I really torque on the hook getting the hook out of a fish's mouth).  Mustads are tough knock hooks and they do seem to keep fish latched on.  This will be my first year with mostly mustad hooks on my spinners.  We'll see how it goes.  If I feel like I'm losing bites I will retie them all back to gama.

Nothing other than a gama will be on my lindy rigs, however.  I don't fish much with circle hooks anymore.

Um, yeah, that's good enough for now.

Oh pike fishing!  Nothing but the mustad hooks.  Need heavy duty hooks.  Although, I do not mind the wide gap treble by VMC.  Actually have been using them a lot lately (well during pike time).




 
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Re: Walleye FIshing Hooks - what is your favorite? What is the best?
by on 07/01/2009 11:42 AM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/23/2003
Location: MN
I agree the gama hooks are the sharpest out of the box.  However, I have had trouble with the hook point bending after the slightest snag.  I think the point, while very sharp, is honed very thin and is prone to bending more easily than say a cone shaped tip which will be produce a stronger hook point.

I got frustrated, throwing harnesses due to a bent tip on the gama hooks and have since switched to either VMC or Owner hooks. 

Anyone else noticed this??
Re: Walleye FIshing Hooks - what is your favorite? What is the best?
by on 07/01/2009 1:10 PM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/16/2001
Location: ND
pmedic503 Said:
I agree the gama hooks are the sharpest out of the box.  However, I have had trouble with the hook point bending after the slightest snag.  I think the point, while very sharp, is honed very thin and is prone to bending more easily than say a cone shaped tip which will be produce a stronger hook point.

I got frustrated, throwing harnesses due to a bent tip on the gama hooks and have since switched to either VMC or Owner hooks. 

Anyone else noticed this??
No, I haven't noticed this. In fact I have noticed quite the opposite. No matter how many trees I pull that hook out of, and how much pressure is used to free a snag, the business end of the hook is good to go. 

May I ask what style and size of gamakatsu hook you are experiencing this with?

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by on 07/02/2009 3:56 PM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/23/2003
Location: MN
Gama octopus #4 and #6's on my lindys and harnesses.  I am not talking about 90 degree bends at the barb but just enough at the point to not feel tacky on your finger nail or noticing it takes a little extra to get it through the sucker on a leech.  When I notice this I will look and sure enough there will be a bend at the very tip. 
Re: Walleye FIshing Hooks - what is your favorite? What is the best?
by on 07/03/2009 00:04 AM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/06/2002
Location: ND
Tried the Ultra points worm design this past week for the first time! I have been using Gamas prior to this. What I did see is that we had much better hook-ups with the Ultra in that they stay in! They stayed sharp when pulled into trees and junk and never straighened out at all.

The Gamas for some reason did, which is not the norm.

I just hate tying up the Ultra with the offset, my fingers are to clumsy!
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by on 07/03/2009 09:48 AM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/17/2006
Location: ND
I use Gama #4 in about 8 differant colors and   have had great luck. Never have bent one unless its comming out of a snag. Only bad thing is when you get the non metallic painted ones and you tie a lindy together you cant get both pieces of line through the eye. thats the only bad thing but they are super sharp
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by on 07/03/2009 4:37 PM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/23/2007
Location: ND
i use the VMC snell hooks because they are cheap and you can buy about 500 to 100 of the gamakatsu's. sharp enough for the the fish i catch.

Re: Walleye FIshing Hooks - what is your favorite? What is the best?
by on 07/03/2009 10:35 PM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/04/2009
Location: ND
I started using mustads slow death hooks this year I really like them and have not had any problem as far as bending or breaking not the sharpest hooks out there but will do.
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Re: Walleye FIshing Hooks - what is your favorite? What is the best?
by on 07/08/2009 4:10 PM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/27/2004
Location: ND

I seem to have better hook ups with the #2s than #4s on live bait rigs.   Anyone else notice a difference?

"The only enemy of guns is rust and politicians."
"The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry."

William F. Buckley, Jr.
"Unarmed helplessness is for sheep and the French."  Ted Nugent

"The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it."
 -Thomas Jefferson


The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
-Thomas Jefferson




Re: Walleye FIshing Hooks - what is your favorite? What is the best?
by on 07/08/2009 4:23 PM | Reply #13 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 09/08/2007
Location: ND
all I know is we get ours from Scheels & I prefer the glow-hook, just plain.
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by on 07/08/2009 8:50 PM | Reply #14 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/22/2007
Location: ND
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Re: Walleye FIshing Hooks - what is your favorite? What is the best?
by on 07/08/2009 9:33 PM | Reply #15 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/02/2005
Location: ND
I prefer the Gama's in size 4 in red. 

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by on 07/08/2009 11:13 PM | Reply #16 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/26/2002
Location: ND

I use Gama's. Never had one break bent a few but easy to bend back.  Haven't ever had one go dull either.  Don't see a reason to look or anything else till these let me down.

I have a fever...and the only prescription...is more walleyes!!
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by on 07/09/2009 12:16 PM | Reply #17 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/08/2003
Location: ND
I like ones that catch fish!!!!! Though I think there is more problems with the "less than sharp hook" at the other end of the pole!!!
 

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by on 07/10/2009 00:23 AM | Reply #18 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
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Re: Walleye FIshing Hooks - what is your favorite? What is the best?
by on 07/19/2009 1:02 PM | Reply #19 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/19/2009
Location: MT

There is an article and video in the Billings Gazette website on the Mustad Slow Death hooks from the July 17, 2009 issue. That might be of interest to all you walleye fisherman.
Also visit the Mustad website and watch there video.

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by on 07/28/2009 11:36 AM | Reply #20 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/28/2002
Location: ND
Was out fishing last night.  My son had a real nice walleye up to the net when the hook came out.  It was completely straightened out.  It was a Gamakatsu painted hook, and I was able to bend it back and forth like silly putty.  I went through the tackle box and found 3 more of the painted hooks that had no temper what-so-ever.  I bought these hooks because of thier supposed quality, and I am not impressed.  Anyone ever have this problem before?
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