Lately the bite seems to be other things and I tried a 1/0 offset worm
(eagle claw) on a 3 or 4 inch worm; one I know was a 3" yum dinger. of
or 4 fish I've caught on this - 2 swallowed the hood so deep that they
all over the place. dead before I could even really attempt to get the
out or even cut the leader. I've not had that happen with the tube rig.
hate to kill fish. I am strictly catch and release - especially on the
river - which is still recovering from a HUGE fish kill about 5 yrs
My questions is how do you determine the right size of hook to use
plastics? I was thinking that part of the problems was that the worm
was too long
for the narrower bait; making it easier (or too easy) for the fish to
swallow too deeply,
when compared to the profile of the tube. But I how do I know when the
small (or too short) ? wouldn't this lead to missed fish too?
Thanks for any help and/or opinions.
I always use a 2/0 Gamakatsu Deep Throat Wide Gap worm hook. I am fishing
the same type of small rivers in the Ozarks. I very seldom have a
swallowed hook. It may be that the wider gape of the hook keeps them from swallowing or
it may be that I'm really quick with the hook set. They even look at my
bait and I set the hook.
These work very well with a 4" carolina rigged worm. The hook may seem
big for the size of the fish but trust me, they can get in their mouth. I
have also caught a lot of goggle-eye on the same rig. Hope this helps.