A bit pee'd off with Preston

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banksy

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Because of this ...

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The one on the left is a PR36, the other two are PR27's.
I fished a club match yesterday, and was let down by the hooks which I have sworn by years, Preston PR.
Although the little F1's were really having it, after an hour of hauling in half pounders, I got bored. I'm there to enjoy myself, not to spend 6 hours hammering pasties.
So I switched to 10mm hard pellet, using a hair-rigged banded hooklength with both a pellet feeder and a pellet waggler. Target fish were ghosties, which run up to low doubles at that place.
As usual, my hooks were PR36.
Mainline was 6lb Maxima, and hooklengthwas 0.15 (5lb 14oz) Preston Reflo.

The only snag was a big willow tree to my left, Despite trying to play the fish out in open water, a number kited straight towards the willow tree, and I had to turn them.
With three consecutive fish, the hook straightened. Not once did the hooklength break.
So it was on with a PR27, which I've always regarded as being stronger.
I lost four more fish (and possibly the match) before switching to Drennan Eyed Super Specialist hooks.
No more lost fish. The biggest was about 8lb, and I don't believe that all those I'd lost had been much bigger fish.

I do find the Drennan a bit TOO heavy, especially for pellet wag, and bites were harder to come by.

So is the PR38 the answer? Any experience of these?
 

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ive just started useing pr38s for my carp fishing and put them to the test yesterday on me local pond which is weedy and the hooks were takeing some bashing but they stayed the same no probs
 

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I'm not surprised you're annoyed with preston after that, I would be too. It must be a really bad batch.
 

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Originally posted by getfishing

I'm not surprised you're annoyed with preston after that, I would be too. It must be a really bad batch.

They were from at least three different packets, bought at different times.
[:(]

PR38's now on order from Matchman Supplies. I'll let you know how they fare!
 
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send them back to prestons with a note explaining how you used them ,addressed to ricky teal .they like to know how their products are preforming.
 

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Had that happen to me on the PR36, just thought I was a bit of an animal as I also managed to straighten a guru QM1[:0]
 

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Originally posted by fishdogmick

send them back to prestons with a note explaining how you used them ,addressed to ricky teal .they like to know how their products are preforming.

That's a good idea. I hate it when I hear anybody having a whinge about our products when they haven't bothered to tell me about it!

I'll let you know if there's any response.
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I had a PR36 size18 straighten on Me last Tuesday at Decoy,

It was a lump that I would say was foul hooked and it bottomed out My black hydro after going round the end of an island,

Other than that I've never had one straightened,
 

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I had a couple of PR36 in size 12 straighten on me at Longleat two weeks ago, have to say it's not the first time I have had it with them
 

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2 different hooks ? Well, isn't it then not due to the hook being sub standard but that the hooks never had a proper 'hold' (so excess leverage on the point opening them out) or simply the wrong hook for the job as they weren't heavy/strong enough ?

Just because a hook opens or partially opens doesn't mean it was a bad hook and definitely doesn't mean that ALL of that particular are bad or suspect in some way.
 

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I would also urge you to complain

I use PR36 and have had no porblems but i have yet to purchase the new rebranded products. So it could be changes in the manufacturing process that may have weakened the hook.

Try the pr38 this could be the reason why the pr36 are now weaker as they introduced a stronger pattern. It could be even as simple as the pr36 of old are now the pr38.
 

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I've stopped using them on rod and line for this reason. I still use them on the pole but not for bigger carp.( over 5lb) B911 are my standard carp hook unless I really need to haul or bag and then I use gurus and I reckon I could tow the van with them.
Remember 6lb line on a straight pull takes some breaking. A fine pointed hook held near the point will open before the line goes.
Try it at home and see.
 

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Have you tried the Gamakatsu G-Point Pellet eyed, not had any problems as of yet.
 

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Tubertini 861 will sort that problem out. I have only ever had one bend out on me and that was on a big foul hooked fish near the net. Been through Preston PR36, Drennan Carp Feeder, Guru MWG and experienced problems with all these hooks bending out.
 

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Used the PR38 in Holland, they are excellent! Also used Drennan Carp banded pellet and they held up also!

Those hooks need to be sent back!
 
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