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MALC

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For the past few years now i've been using Mustard Method Feeder Hooks for Paste and Catmeat fishing on the pole (gnome style) without any problems but on the last few trips i've had a few of them straighten out on me so i'm now on the lookout for a decent strong hook to try.

The reason i've stayed with the Method hooks is due to most commercial waters i fish have a maximum size of either 10 or 12 and as the Method hooks are a large version of these size's they were ideal up till now.

The target fish are Carp from a few pounds upto high double's and normaly fished with 16 to 20 lacky and a lot of the time it's a case of hit and hold due to snags and close pegging.

Any idea's !!

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ray

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malc, try the "nu" hooks, big hooks (12 is more like a 10), very strong, long shank witch makes them spot on for mowser meat.

failing that, good ole animals.

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p.s. if its for them wussy fish at drayton, why not just use kammasan bloodworm hooks......


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Ray,

If its for any fish at Drayton, why bother using a hook at all, you will catch just as many without one LOL

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Ray and Pole's regards Drayton.

Same size of fish but in snag pits is my problem.

Tried the "NU" hooks when they first came out and had them straighten so binned them and went back to the Method hook.

Think what i need is a forged specimen hook as all the round hooks are no good for my style of fishing which is more hit and hold with tight lacky.

The search continues.


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Malc, I use Drennan starpoints for most of my fishing and never had a problem with hooks straigtning, I've caught Barbel to 11lbs-7ozs and Carp to 18-lbs-3ozs. I also use Drennan Super Specialist and they are of a good quality.

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hi malc, i also use the drennan super specialists and have never had one of these hooks even THINK about straightening out. when serious bagging work is the order of the day for fish up to 15 - 20 lbs, IMHO, the super specialists or animals are among the best hooks for the jobicon_smile_big.gificon_smile_big.gificon_smile_big.gificon_smile_big.gif
 

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Hi Malc

I agree with Mark - Drennan Starpoints are without doubt the strongest hooks I've ever used.

Only trouble is, I would guess you need a barbless pattern and as far as I know they only come in a barbed form.

Strongest barbless hooks I use are probably the Kamasan animal hooks, I've never had one of these straightened either.

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Hi Malc,

My all time favourites are the ESP Raptors which are strong enough for every occasion that I have come across and retain their sharpness. The pattern that I use most are the T-6's which have a short shank compared to the G-4's

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quote:

Only trouble is, I would guess you need a barbless pattern and as far as I know they only come in a barbed form.



Hi Simon, You can get Starpoints in barbless, sizes are from 14s to size 4, I use them in all our Club matches (barbless rule) and I agree that they are just the job for big fish.



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Hi Malc,
I've never had a Starpoint straighten out,in fact i recommended them to Mookie a while back.
I've been experimenting with the new PR29's,as they are the hooks Andy Finlay uses on his hit and hold rigs,I haven't had one fail yet.

Trouble is i think it's possible to get the odd bad batch of any hook,(they can't possibly quality check them all)just unfortunate,but it can put you off what is in reality a perfectly good hook pattern.

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Malc i have been playing with all the strong hooks on the market over the last year and as i fish rolfs a lot lately i catch my fair share of big fish
i tried the nu hooks and didnt like them pulled out of to many fish as for the pr range great hooks but lose there point really quick when baggin
just started to try the drennan starpoints and as every one says they are really strong and hold onto fish really well only down side they only come in eyed and they are a bit to heavy for my liking.
i have had the same problem as you with the method feeder hooks and i have had a few straighten (i was giving the fish some stick at the time bust my drag-n-net on one but the hook held out) i think this was down to a bad batch of hooks as the ones i have bought lately have been back to the way they used to be and i have not had any problems with them now .
But the hooks that i use now mate are drennan barbless carp and barbless carp feeders i have never had one straighten and i have never had one lose there point they are not a massive hook and not as thick as some of the others i have had carp to 24lb on them and my favs are size 14 to start the match and when the fish start to feed more i switch to a size 12 they are the muts nuts mate .
But one thing i will recomend is to cut down on you laccy size at rolfs i use a 14 preston flouro for nearly all my rolfs work and it is set slightly tightnened and i some times use a 16 preston flouro for the pegs that hold the bigger fish and this is set so that it just creeps back in the pole i have found that a lose so many fish and believe it or not i can land fish quicker on the softer laccy .
I have just started using black hydro but i am not sure about it yet as i have only been using it a week as soon as i am used to using it i will give you a report on it.
Hope this all helps malc.
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Kev,don't let Rolf see you using a 16 elastic.. He has a 14 limit !!!

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Yer but churt he allows black hydro which is rated 14-16 i think what it is you must have at least 4 foot of laccy out of the pole when you are playing the average size fish in there
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Cheers for all the suggestions might give the Starpoints a try but for now i've sorted the problem as i binned all present Method hooks and replaced them with new today then went out for a few hours to test the new ones and no problems with Carp to 13lb.

So it must have just been a duff batch.


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Does anyone have a link to a website where I might be able to buy some of the barbless Drennan starpoints, can't find anywhere locally that stocks them.

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Simon,

Give Roger a try at Floats direct, I'm not sure if he stocks them but if there is some demand I'm sure he'll sort something out and VAT free

Email: Sales@Floats-Direct.Com


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