best size hook for catching big cats

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best size hook for catching big cats

Postby doylineduckkiller » Wed Feb 06, 2008 4:58 pm

i have been using size 5 circle hooks just dont know if thats big enough
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Postby cONG » Wed Feb 06, 2008 5:51 pm

what kind of bait are you using
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Postby doylineduckkiller » Wed Feb 06, 2008 6:06 pm

brim
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Postby Watershot2 » Thu Feb 07, 2008 10:34 am

We use 5/0-7/0 limerick style hooks for most of the "cattin" we do. (we really enjoy slammin the hook into em! and I have the bad habit of "forgetting" not to set the hook with circles!!! :eek: ) However, when we do use circle hooks we've found that 8/0-10/0 is the way to go, the smaller circles don't have a wide enough gap... at least in our opinion
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Postby X_WATERFOWLER_X » Tue Feb 12, 2008 8:12 pm

this might help, I fish for sturgeon from 40-150 lbs
and I use to use a 7-9/0 kahle hook and now I have
gotten better hook ups with a 5/0 siwash Gamakatsu
its easier to hide the hook and I have never had one break yet..
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Postby greenster » Tue Feb 12, 2008 8:40 pm

I like to use 4/0- 5/0.
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Postby backcast » Wed Feb 13, 2008 8:09 am

a 10/0 circle for catfish!! WOW!! we use 4/0 and 5/0 to catch tarpon.
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Postby DC KILLER » Thu Feb 14, 2008 7:43 pm

4/0 sometimes 5/0. the only time ive used 8/0 was on a trot line tryin to catch big ops (flatheads)
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Postby Greenhead Grappler » Thu Feb 14, 2008 9:09 pm

your talking about stump lines or something?
we use those big hooks 4-7/0. brim works well but the best bait is catfish (mudcats work best). we catch those 30/40 pounders on them things.
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Postby doylineduckkiller » Thu Feb 14, 2008 9:23 pm

they will be used on jugs , stump lines etc , where would i catch mud cats in numbers
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Postby Greenhead Grappler » Thu Feb 14, 2008 10:59 pm

if its legal you can catch them in nets. or like on yoyo's in shallow water. but a 10 or 12" mud cat (or any kind of catfish) is the best op bait out there. cant use them on jugs though.
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Postby Smackaduck » Fri Feb 15, 2008 6:13 am

Your givin away my top secret greenster. Everyone says Im crazy when I tell them that. A little mud cat with his fins clipped off is like a butterfinger to a big op. :yes:
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Postby Greenhead Grappler » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:30 am

smackaduck wrote:Your givin away my top secret greenster. Everyone says Im crazy when I tell them that. A little mud cat with his fins clipped off is like a butterfinger to a big op. :yes:


maybe its a LA thing. i dunno?
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Postby doylineduckkiller » Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:40 am

will little channel cat work i know a place where can catch them consistently
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Postby Greenhead Grappler » Fri Feb 15, 2008 11:12 am

doylineduckkiller wrote:will little channel cat work i know a place where can catch them consistently


yea those will work too. catfish arent picky, for some reason a mud cat seems to be best.
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Postby DC KILLER » Fri Feb 15, 2008 12:05 pm

ive heard that channel cats just about gettin eatin size are good bait for op. but never heard of the mudcats...... next time i catch one ill remember that. glad to hear they're good for at least one thing. :thumbsup:
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Postby Smackaduck » Fri Feb 15, 2008 12:53 pm

Ill eat mudcats. If you clean them cut the fat out and cold cure em they eat like the rest of them.
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Postby DC KILLER » Fri Feb 15, 2008 5:33 pm

smack: yea thats what i hear..... if i regularly caught abunch of em i would probably try... but i just catch a few here and there so i always chunk em back. usually catch small ones on yo yos.

you can bet the next one i catch is goin on the trot line with a big ole hook. :thumbsup:
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