HOOKS THAT CANíT TWIST OUT
GANGS CANíT TWIST OUT
Last summer, after having lost several large pike and muskies, due to the tail hooks coming out, I inquired the cause from an old-timer. He told me that the muskies and likely pike as well, have a habit of rolling over during their struggles and in this way twist off the hook. He showed me a bait on which the tail gang had been twisted almost straight by a small muskie.
I use baits having a single tail gang only. I took one of these and after removing the hook from the tail, put on aí small swivel and then put back the hook. I tried this for several days and missed about a dozen strikes. I then saw that the swivel put the hook too far back to hook any but those that came from the rear. I cut the ring off one end of the swivel and also cut the eye off the screw eye that held the hook. The hole in the bottom of the shown in Fig. 2. through the lips your tandem is your hook, letting the ends project about an inch, you will have no such trouble. The wire prevents the fish from swallowing the hook. Do not place the wire too far down on the shank nor yet too far back. Use your own judgment °n this and regulate your distance according to the size and length of the hook you are using.
Katz, Harry N. Kinks A Book of 250 Helpful Hints for Hunters, Anglers and Outers. Chicago: Outers, 1917. Print.
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