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Al - Tuna hooks?

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Hi Al.

 

In your writings on tuna fishing you strongly suggest using 8/0 Gamakatsu 4x Octopus hooks.

 

I had some with me on my Viking trip last year but they looked sooooooo large and heavy relative to the size of the butterfish bait. I ended up using Gamaktsu Live Bait hooks instead.

 

I like the idea of using the circles but would be concerned the hook will mangle the bait. How do you suggest hooking a butterfish with the 8/0 circles?

 

Thanks.

 

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Jaiem,

 

I have never fished butterfish with circle hooks, so I can even give you an opinion.

 

I can easily bury an 8/0 Octopus in a butterfish.

 

Al

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I guess I misread your articles. I was sure they recommended 8/0 circles for tuna trips and butters being the most common bait used on such trips.

 

I'll have to re-read them.

 

 

[This message has been edited by Jaiem (edited 04-25-2001).]

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Jaiem,

 

I will have to practice with the circle hooks to use whole butters. I should show you how to do a "mousetrap" rig when they get line shy.

 

I am sending you an email.

 

Al

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