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Im tying some rigs, exactly like the one pictured below, and Im not sure what style hook that is, or if its the best to use. What style is it, is it the best for fluke, and if not, what other styles work? Thanks.

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I like to use Gamis,octopus,anywhere from 2/0 to 5/0 depending on the bait that I'm using.

If I'm using a "naked" rig for killies or spearing,2/0 or 3/0.

 

For plastics like Gulp,4/0 or 5/0'\\.

I hope this helps you.

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By brand name, the hook shown is a Gami Shiner Hook (good stuff!), I'm sure there is another name for the hook style headscratch.gif, that may have already been mentioned, but in most big box stores and BT stores they just label them "fluke hooks"

 

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IMO, these will hook more fluke than an octopus hook.

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Kahle hook. most likely a 3/0. They work okay, have been OKAY for years. Ill give you a brief breakdown when assembling fluke rigs. All are important- it would be difficult to put these things in order.

 

A) LEADER CHOICE- Flurocarbon is never a bad choice. It is more stiff then mono, proven to be less visible to the fish, and allows for a more natural presentation in my opinion. Mono has been used for years by many sharpies who havent made the switch, Ande prob. the most popular with 30lb being a good choice for general bay flukin' and 40lb a good choice for larger baits such as snappers or pnutz & ocean Flukin'. One may want to step it up to 50 or 60 when fishing deeper water with a considerable amount of structure.

 

B)- HOOK CHOICE

your far better off with something more similar to what SF NJ mentioned above, Gamakatsu. Inline or Octopus are made super choices and are of the utmost quality. Red is an excellent choice to. It hasnt technically been scientifically proven that the fluke see the red and are drawn to it, but it may be one of those things that physcologically help the fisherman, and thats good enough for me. If i feel like something is working, and it gives me confidence, its worth my time and money- and red hooks for fluke have been one of those things over the past 5 years. Ive seen many spend 100's$ on top-of-the-line rod and reels but cheap out on the hooks- Fluke demand the right hook- and that "right" hook may vary depending on the bait, depth, and YOUR style of fishing. There's no right or wrong answer when it comes to this. I go to a circle hook if im deadsticking or fishing larger bait when i do not tend to "bounce" as much, the circle hook seems to take the responsibility of the hookset for you. When im fishing my bullet and teaser rigs i like the octopus hook because I BOUNCE BOUNCE BOUNCE and do 100% of the actual hookset on my own. That's just what i like.

 

3) If using a fish finder rig, use a high quaility slide that is braid friendly if you are fishing a superline of any type. The colored slides are usually the ones to go for.

 

4) High quaility swivel. I like Spro. Size will vary depending on the rig.

 

Do some research on Flukle Rigs. Theres endless information on this site on this topic. Theres different Fluke rigs for Early and Late season and for Bay and Ocean. Different Rigs for Bait and different For Bullets or Bucktails. First Find the style of Fluke fishing you enjoy the most and then tie the rigs accordingly. Do a seperate search on teasers as well.

 

But in my opinion, you may want to begin with something more similar to a bullet rig than the plastic squid b2 you are using.

 

The rig i use for fluke 80% of the time is a swivel connected to my main line, a 16'' piece of flurocarbon attached to a 2 or 3 oz bullet. Dropper loop above it for teaser with fresh bait and a Trailer hook with 6-8 inches of fluro attached to a gamakatsu octopus hook with a big piece of bait, strip usually.

 

Good Luck, 6 or 7 weeks and theyll be here. drool.gif

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Do yourself a favor and pick up a box of Mustad #C70SD Big Game-light 2X size 4/0 and use them with your gulp alive and other baits and see how great they work! Started using these and never went back to any other hook! wink.gif

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Spot on K hooks of Kahle hooks

View PostKahle hook. most likely a 3/0. They work okay, have been OKAY for years. Ill give you a brief breakdown when assembling fluke rigs. All are important- it would be difficult to put these things in order.

 

A) LEADER CHOICE- Flurocarbon is never a bad choice. It is more stiff then mono, proven to be less visible to the fish, and allows for a more natural presentation in my opinion. Mono has been used for years by many sharpies who havent made the switch, Ande prob. the most popular with 30lb being a good choice for general bay flukin' and 40lb a good choice for larger baits such as snappers or pnutz & ocean Flukin'. One may want to step it up to 50 or 60 when fishing deeper water with a considerable amount of structure.

 

B)- HOOK CHOICE

your far better off with something more similar to what SF NJ mentioned above, Gamakatsu. Inline or Octopus are made super choices and are of the utmost quality. Red is an excellent choice to. It hasnt technically been scientifically proven that the fluke see the red and are drawn to it, but it may be one of those things that physcologically help the fisherman, and thats good enough for me. If i feel like something is working, and it gives me confidence, its worth my time and money- and red hooks for fluke have been one of those things over the past 5 years. Ive seen many spend 100's$ on top-of-the-line rod and reels but cheap out on the hooks- Fluke demand the right hook- and that "right" hook may vary depending on the bait, depth, and YOUR style of fishing. There's no right or wrong answer when it comes to this. I go to a circle hook if im deadsticking or fishing larger bait when i do not tend to "bounce" as much, the circle hook seems to take the responsibility of the hookset for you. When im fishing my bullet and teaser rigs i like the octopus hook because I BOUNCE BOUNCE BOUNCE and do 100% of the actual hookset on my own. That's just what i like.

 

3) If using a fish finder rig, use a high quaility slide that is braid friendly if you are fishing a superline of any type. The colored slides are usually the ones to go for.

 

4) High quaility swivel. I like Spro. Size will vary depending on the rig.

 

Do some research on Flukle Rigs. Theres endless information on this site on this topic. Theres different Fluke rigs for Early and Late season and for Bay and Ocean. Different Rigs for Bait and different For Bullets or Bucktails. First Find the style of Fluke fishing you enjoy the most and then tie the rigs accordingly. Do a seperate search on teasers as well.

 

But in my opinion, you may want to begin with something more similar to a bullet rig than the plastic squid b2 you are using.

 

The rig i use for fluke 80% of the time is a swivel connected to my main line, a 16'' piece of flurocarbon attached to a 2 or 3 oz bullet. Dropper loop above it for teaser with fresh bait and a Trailer hook with 6-8 inches of fluro attached to a gamakatsu octopus hook with a big piece of bait, strip usually.

 

Good Luck, 6 or 7 weeks and theyll be here. drool.gif

 

 

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View PostDo yourself a favor and pick up a box of Mustad #C70SD Big Game-light 2X size 4/0 and use them with your gulp alive and other baits and see how great they work! Started using these and never went back to any other hook! wink.gif

 

 

My problem with those baits is the rubber slides off too easily...do they have barbs near the eyelet to keep your rubber in place?

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If I am forced to fish bait I use a 4 or 5/0 Gami Octopus

 

When I bucktail which I usually do I use a 4/0 octopus as the teaser hook 18 inches above the bucktail

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View PostBy brand name, the hook shown is a Gami Shiner Hook (good stuff!), I'm sure there is another name for the hook style headscratch.gif, that may have already been mentioned, but in most big box stores and BT stores they just label them "fluke hooks"

 

shiner_20.gif

 

IMO, these will hook more fluke than an octopus hook.

 

 

I second that - but it may because I'm old school and that was the hook I used in the 80's/90's. I've kinda turned the corner to mostly all artificials and given that, I'd say that bucktails on spinning/casting gear as well as clouser minnows on the fly rod are my two most best fluke producers.

 

***Edit - actually the hooks I used weren't gamis...I'm more so referring to the style of the hook

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