crank bait trebles

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crank bait trebles

Postby cubs23 » Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:10 am

I recently started changing my hooks on the smaller square bills I use to a higher quality wider gapped hook but I'm still having issues losing fish from time to time. Should I go to a larger hook? I have been apprehensive about doing this because of fear of the bait losing some of it's action. Thoughts?

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Re: crank bait trebles

Postby Hulkster » Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:37 am

I switched all mine to Gamakatsu EWG #4 trebles. they are super sharp. if you think the #4 size is too big you could go to a smaller size, but I swear by the Gamakatsu EWG hooks, crazy sharp.

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Re: crank bait trebles

Postby cubs23 » Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:59 am

Thanks, I'm a big fan of Gamakatsu hooks. Do you use the same size that came stock or do you size up? I'm pretty sure most of my smaller square bills have #4's on them.

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Re: crank bait trebles

Postby Cracker » Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:57 pm

I love those short shank Owners STY-MF35 series for crankbaits.

Second pack from the left.

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Re: crank bait trebles

Postby mark poulson » Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:40 pm

I only use Mustad EWG triple grip short shank trebles now.
They keep fish pegged, stay sharp, are strong, and allow me to upsize my hooks without them tangling each other and fouling.
Something about the angle of the hook point, pointing more toward the split ring, seems to provide a more direct pull, and less chance for the fish to throw them. Plus when they eat the belly hook, the tail hook still swings around and grabs them again most of the time. I even find that to be true on jerkbaits.
I'm sure other brands of EWG triple grip short shank trebles are also fine, and will do the same job. I just started with Mustads when they first came out, and they have performed for me, so I never felt the need to switch.
https://www.barlowstackle.com/Mustad-TG ... P1963.aspx

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Re: crank bait trebles

Postby FamKench » Tue Sep 25, 2018 4:16 pm

Make sure you're putting the hooks on correctly. The belly hook should lay with 2 points flat against the belly and the rear hook should have one point up and 2 down. Tacticalbassin on YouTube has a good video explaining it.

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Re: crank bait trebles

Postby poisonokie » Sat Oct 06, 2018 8:25 am

I like Owner ST-41's for squarebills. They are pretty heavy duty wire and have cutting points, which makes them ideal when used with a stiff, regular action rod and heavy mono.
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Re: crank bait trebles

Postby Hobie-Wan Kenobi » Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:02 pm

cubs23 wrote:I recently started changing my hooks on the smaller square bills I use to a higher quality wider gapped hook but I'm still having issues losing fish from time to time. Should I go to a larger hook? I have been apprehensive about doing this because of fear of the bait losing some of it's action. Thoughts?


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What type of line and also what type of rod are you using? Are you losing the fish close to the boat or, shortly after hookset?
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Re: crank bait trebles

Postby cubs23 » Sun Oct 07, 2018 3:16 am

Thanks! I usually lose them shortly after hook set. I use 10lb. mono. I just recently received a couple of cb glass rods in the mail (st. croix & dobyns) so I haven't had a chance to try them out yet. Hopefully that's the problem. I was using a med. action graphite rod.

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Re: crank bait trebles

Postby mark poulson » Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:25 am

cubs23 wrote:Thanks! I usually lose them shortly after hook set. I use 10lb. mono. I just recently received a couple of cb glass rods in the mail (st. croix & dobyns) so I haven't had a chance to try them out yet. Hopefully that's the problem. I was using a med. action graphite rod.


I have found that the reason most treble hook fish are lost is because the hooks never penetrate the fish's jaw. Since I switched to 30 lb braid, with a direct tie, I don't lose fish.
I do, however, have hooks open occasionally when I'm unhooking the fish, especially with jerkbaits. That's why using strong trebles is so important.
I just fished a brand new KVD deep jerkbait all day in a tournament, and caught probably 20 fish on it. I had left the stock hooks on, because the description said, " Fitted with three razor-sharp trebles". The hooks were sharp, but not strong enough. I Just replaced them with #4 Mustad KVD EWG triple grip short shank trebles, like I should have before the tournament.


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