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post #1 of 22
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what size circle hook should i use to fish sea worms
post #2 of 22
I'm not sure, but I know they have very, very tiny mouths...I'm not even sure what type of bait I'd use for seaworms

Honestly, it would depend on the size of the sea worms and the size of the fish you're targeting. If you are planning on using good sized sandworms and are fishing where there's mostly school sized bass (10# or less) I'd use something like a non-offset Gamakatsu 4/0. Maybe a 5/0 and two sandworms.

If I were looking for LARGE bass probably go with a 6/0 and put a couple big sandworms on there. Better yet, I'd go with an 8/0 and put a good sized bunker chunk out there

TimS
post #3 of 22
Tim,
Is this where I tell you I use 7/0 & 8/0 for tuna in the low 100s?
Those are big hooks!
I'm waiting to see what everyone uses for this.
Obviously the hook has to also withstand the fight on the tackle it is attached to so it might get pretty heavy.
I usually use small stuff like 4/0 and maybe 5/0 with lines up to 30 for those. You can also use circle hooks, which really work great. Just remember, DO NOT set the hook... Just let the line come tight after the appropriate freespool.
BTW, what kind of gear are you using with those hooks?
post #4 of 22
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Originally posted by canyondiver:
Tim,
Is this where I tell you I use 7/0 & 8/0 for tuna in the low 100s?
Those are big hooks!
Whole different animal A 4/0 or 5/0 circle hook isn't always wide enough to get around the jaw of a good sized striper. A 4/0 or 5/0 live bait hook is a different story, they'll work fine cause they work on a different principle

TimS
post #5 of 22
When I fished sand worms I used gold 3/0 hooks with the "baitholder" slices on the back of the shank.
post #6 of 22
Ditch....

I used the bait-holder hooks too, except I used the bronzed ones, in 3/0 to 5/0. I didn't want any old razor lips seeing that nice flashy gold hook. My dad and I used to float the worms under corks off some docks up here on the north shore....but those days are gone Back then, people used to let you fish on their docks at night....all we had to do was keep it clean and quiet, but now that the "residents" have changed, those nights are now just memories
post #7 of 22
When I used to fish with sandworms, I used to snell 2/0 claw style bait holder hooks in tanden on a 3o lb leader. That is one hook on top of the other by about 4 inches on the same leader. Put a couple of nice worms on the top and two on the bottom and you have a rig no self respecting striper can resist. Oh yeah, don't forget the float above the hooks or you will be feeding the crabs with those $$$$ worms.

Spigola
post #8 of 22
The few times I fished sandworms for bass it was with 5/0 and 6/0 bronze bait holders...I like big hooks

I personally wouldn't use a circle hook for fishing seaworms, but that was the question...and I believe in some locations these days, the law requires the use of circle hooks for fishing bait if the hook is larger than #1 or #2 or something like that

TimS
post #9 of 22
I'm curious, are you talking sands/bloods or the green sea worms that live in the ocean?
post #10 of 22
I would think sands/bloods.....at least I am!!
post #11 of 22
The reason I ask is because I was just talking about fishing true sea worms (whatever they are, I don't think I've ever seen one) the other day with a guy that slayed big fish back in the 1970's.

According to him they were THE best bait ever. Better than bunker, eels and calicos. Apparently they lived in sandy/clay bottom near wood pilings below the high tide line in the surf. If anyone knows where to get their hands on some they might be worth trying out.
post #12 of 22
I've seen 'em squid...dug 'em up along the low tide line at the beach. Honestly, I always thought they were sickly sand worms They are soggy, soft and mushy

Picture a 12" sandworm that spent all day in Belmar at the St. Paddy's Day Parade

TimS
post #13 of 22
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Originally posted by TimS:
I've seen 'em squid...dug 'em up along the low tide line at the beach. Honestly, I always thought they were sickly sand worms They are soggy, soft and mushy

Picture a 12" sandworm that spent all day in Belmar at the St. Paddy's Day Parade

TimS
Hey Tim...

I always thought the sane thing as you...that they were sickly sand worms with a funky color. You mean those things are good for bait? Seem kinda soft and mushy, don't they? I would think they'd be tough to keep on a hook. Sea worms, huh? I guess you learn something new every day
post #14 of 22
"Between 1970 and 1980 I caught more fish over thirty pounds on sea worms than everything else combined". -Billy West

When I asked him how many he answered "Too many to count".
post #15 of 22
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Originally posted by squidlips:
"Between 1970 and 1980 I caught more fish over thirty pounds on sea worms than everything else combined". -Billy West
Squidlips - did yah ask him if they were the same sandworm looking things I'm talking about? They look like LARGE sandworms but are dug only at the beach below the high tide line - and they're mushy

I'd be curious to know if folks actually fished them Seems they'd cast off with even a lob.

TimS
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