chitala383

Who sharpens their hooks?

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Rudy's thread about a hook sharpener got me thinking, who actually sharpens their hooks and who just replaces them when they get dull? I've never sharpened a hook, I always just replace them when I notice them getting dull or rusty.

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Yeah, I have never sharpened a hook. Obviously, it makes a huge difference for hookups as it has happened to me where I noticed a dull hook and missed some hook sets. As soon as I change the hook, fish is on.

 

I guess if I had a hook sharpener, I would check my hooks more often. For me, I would have an issue with a sharpened edge as far as strength. Either way, I will check every time now.

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10 mins ago, Kapfish said:

I've learned it's fairly important and carry a sharpener. What do you do with a bucktail with a dull hook?

Hmmm, I've never thought about bucktails. Maybe I should get a hook sharpener. I'm sure my bucktail hooks are all dull.

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Just now, EricJ said:

I do but I am looking for a better sharpener. 

I mostly bait fish so changing out hooks is easy. I just ordered a cheap one from China on Ebay to see if it is something I will do. 

 

Saw a few from Rapala, but would be interested to see what other people use.

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Posted (edited)

I have an "OCD" when it comes to knives being sharp. 

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I sharpen hooks. I find it extends out their usable lives a bit. Then when I'm no longer confident in a hook it gets replaced.

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2 mins ago, Sandbar1 said:

I sharpen hooks. I find it extends out their usable lives a bit. Then when I'm no longer confident in a hook it gets replaced.

Yes^^^

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1 hour ago, quan808 said:

Yeah, I have never sharpened a hook. Obviously, it makes a huge difference for hookups as it has happened to me where I noticed a dull hook and missed some hook sets. As soon as I change the hook, fish is on.

 

I guess if I had a hook sharpener, I would check my hooks more often. For me, I would have an issue with a sharpened edge as far as strength. Either way, I will check every time now.

Honest question:  Why do you worry about strength?

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1 hour ago, chitala383 said:

Hmmm, I've never thought about bucktails. Maybe I should get a hook sharpener. I'm sure my bucktail hooks are all dull.

you should absolutely have one,and crush  those barbs,,makes for much easier hookups,and its so easy to release without rippping the fish up.

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