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I would like to hear of your experiences with assist hooks. Especially with
larger jigs ( 14 oz or larger ). 6 and 7/0 hooks look really small rigged
on this size jig. I have some 9/0 and they look better. Can the
assist hook be too large ?
Secondly, how often does the assist hook foul with the leader ?
I have some hooks rigged with 130 lb spectra pulled into itself like a splice,
and others with heavy red spectra cord from Anglers pro shop. I am thinking
the larger hooks would do better on the stiffer cord.
All information is appreciated.
MO
 

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bring some rubberbands. If they start swinging into your line and tangling, you can band one down about halfway where it will still swing, but not into the other one.
 

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MO1 said:
I would like to hear of your experiences with assist hooks. Especially with
larger jigs ( 14 oz or larger ). 6 and 7/0 hooks look really small rigged
on this size jig. I have some 9/0 and they look better. Can the
assist hook be too large ?

The widest part of your hook should match with the widest part of your lure. JMO
Secondly, how often does the assist hook foul with the leader ?
I have some hooks rigged with 130 lb spectra pulled into itself like a splice,
and others with heavy red spectra cord from Anglers pro shop. I am thinking
the larger hooks would do better on the stiffer cord.
200# or greater strenght spectra/kevlar will be better for assist hooks Just my opinion
 

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I've been using 300# spectra and hooks from 7/0 to 9/0. I just dug out a spool of 130# waxed net cord and have switched to it for assist hooks.
Use the 3 to 1 3-M shrink tubing and extend it up the cord a bit and you'll have less problems with hooks hanging.
If using a swivel use the 230# SPRO to tie to, I found the 130's will cut the line on a decent fish with a long fight.
 

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MO1,

I have used 6/0 through 8/0 Gamakatsu live bait hooks for my assist hooks.

You asked, "how big is too big?" I feel a hook is too big when it starts to distract from the lures action.

I want the point sticking out past the lure body. Don't get too close... I'll snag ya.

I ain't sure that I'm right. I toss this out cause I'm still learning this jigging thing.
 

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I agree with DSG. The advantages of a bigger hook with a knife jig is that it makes the point more exposed. The disadvantage is that is may detract from the action of the lure which is paramount.
 

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I just scored some 1/0 Gamakatsu Assist 510 hooks.

I was surprised to find the loop so short. The line was small in diameter and stiff.

I can see where one might dip their spectra into some red wax to stiffen the spectra...
 

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MO1,

I have used 6/0 through 8/0 Gamakatsu live bait hooks for my assist hooks.

You asked, "how big is too big?" I feel a hook is too big when it starts to distract from the lures action.

I want the point sticking out past the lure body. Don't get too close... I'll snag ya.

I ain't sure that I'm right. I toss this out cause I'm still learning this jigging thing.

I am currently looking for a good hook to use in making my own assist hooks and I thought I had settled on Gamakatsu's Heavy Duty Live bait hook. However, I saw them at FTU and they look pretty thick compared to the packaged assist hooks I have used in the past with success (fishing for BFT & YFT) out of Galveston. My question is, are you referring to the Heavy Duty Live Bait hooks in your comment or are you referring to Gamakatsu's regular "Live Bait" hook which isn't as thick.
I agree with your comment that a hook may be "too big" if it starts to distract from the lures action which is why I am asking. Also, the biggest jig I will use is 8oz.
Thanks
David
 
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