Any of you tried single hooks on your salmon baits? I have not (yet) but plan to give them a go this coming season so that returning fish is going to be easier
Here is an ABU Killer which I have changed the hooks on. To me it looks a bit odd but that will just be due to the newness of seeing a bait I have spent a lifetime altered like this.
I am not going to do all the baits in my box, just a handful of them and see how that works out in terms of hooking and holding fish as well as ease of release.
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I run single hooks on all of my salmon and steelhead lures now, and have been for a couple of years.The ease of release is much, much better with single hooks,not to mention cutting down on the damage to a fish that multiple trebles can cause. I know some guys that say hook up rate decreases, but I personally haven’t experienced it. my hook up rate is just as good with single hooks as it was with trebles. One thing that I did notice was that on some lures a single hook will affect the action, but it’s nothing that a little fine tuning won’t fix.
Interesting you mentioned the lure action – it was something that was on my mind. I would imagine the action would be improved slightly as the single hooks are so much lighter than trebles. I’m looking forward to experimenting with them in the coming season.
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I found it really depended on the lure. Some were better, some were worse, others, like spoons and spinners there were no affect at all.
Yeah, I am expecting Rapala’s to be the most sensitive.