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Top water Plugging, Popping.
I have been experiencing and seeing alot of tuna coming off the hooks mid-fight. Especially when using smaller 2/0 ~3/0 trebles. Recently, there has been a trend here in Japan of using Single hooks instead of the typical trebles. I havent hooked up yet using the single hooks but was wondering if any of you guys have had experiences with single hooks.

Pros are, Single hooks are stronger and can penetrate deeper into the jaw. In addition, it is said that becuase the single hooks are attached to the ring using PE assist cord, any head shaking will not destabalize/affect the hook as much. Weights are matched to the recommended treble size.
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Fist pic have two singles attached to increase hooking chances no matter the direction of the bite (we call them double kudako). Last pic are just single hooks.
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Thanks all for the comments. Yea the double 1piece hooks are popular. They have a pretty similar hook up ratio to the trebles but have a lower risk of straightning out or getting pulled. I will do some testing and get back with some results.

Just cant trust trebles on larger yft. Lost too many.
 

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That is great to hear and exactly the size range i believe most are targeting on the top water as well.
The "hook up ratio" dropping is not big concern as long as the # of dropped and foul hooked fish decrease, but i am happy to hear that in your experience the hook up rate has increased.

Distancing the hook from the lure with a short assist cord may be beneficial. I will get back with results. BKK singles are popular as well as the Shaut and Maboroshi Plugging doubles. Maboroshi makes some serious anit-rust hooks.
 

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Hey thanks alot for sharing!
Its probably region specific, but lure action doesnt seem to be an issue for lures made in Japan for most are tested with both trebles and singles. The packaging usually says something along the lines of "ST-66 3/0, or equivelent to 7g"

Maybe we can share some lures which work well with a specific single hook combo.
Do you have experience with double singles ? It may be an area specific thing but its becoming very popluar especially for larger yft and bft tuna. Apparently increases hook up ratio and allow for smaller singles to be set. You seem experineced so maybe i could send you some and you could test em out. Or just stick two singles on a split ring. Same thing.

Below 2nd pic is from the Carpenter website for their GAMMA series lures. Just lists the recommened weights.
Same with CB ONE. Their field tester dude exclusively uses double hook with cord. He claims he doesnt loose very many fish. I assume lure action isnt an issue. Just for reference. Cheers


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For sure, thats great advice. You might enjoy the "fighter ring" from a brand called Yamashita Maria. They are oval shaped to give slightly more range -of-movement to the trebles. Not to mention they are strong as hell.
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