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I just purchased trailer hooks for my buzz baits. In the package along with the hooks came a small length of tubing. My guess,I put the trailer

on the existing hook then cut a small piece of tubing and put that on the existing hook to help keep the trailer from slipping off. I know its a dumb question. But am I right? Its my first time trying these.

I am having a 50% hook up rate without the trailer so I figured I would try it.

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That's one way to do it. But normally, the tubing goes over the eye of the trailer hook and then you poke the buzzbait hook through the eye and tubing of the trailer hook.

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Depends where you are fishing as far as cover goes. If it's got a lot of trees/brush I put the tubing over the eye of the hook and then pierce the buzzbait hook through that. The downside to this is that if the hook goes sideways on landing, it will stay sideways through the retrieve, but it keeps you from snagging most of the time. 

 

You can do it the way you said, but the hook can flop all over the place and get you snagged. 

 

It boils down to personal preference. 

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Yes, that's how you do it. I ALWAYS use a trailer for buzzbaits and spinnerbaits. Can't tell you how many times I've caught one on the trailer that I probably would not have known was even there. This late winter I lost a very good fish on a SB and didn't have a trailer. It was the only bite I got that day. I can't be sure it would have caught the fish, but it certainly would have given me a lot better odds. I kicked myself and went home and put one on every BB & SB I own.

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If a 50% hook up rate is all you have now something is not right and the trailer is not going to do much good. Very rarely is a fish ever on the trailer hook

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If a 50% hook up rate is all you have now something is not right and the trailer is not going to do much good. Very rarely is a fish ever on the trailer hook

 

I highly disagree.  I saw 3 fish caught on only the trailer hook two days ago....

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I fish a buzz bait most of the time. Catch most of my fish on one. I have had no more than 2 out of 75 or 100 fish on the trailer hook this year.

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thanks for the replies guys, I'll give both methods a shot

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I only use a trailer hook on my buzzbaits whenever there isn't much surface vegetation (i.e. open water, weeds are submerged). With that, I normally use a 1/0 or 2/0 trailer. The surgical tubing is meant to keep the trailer hook on. To use it, slip it over the eye of the trailer hook. Then, punch the main hook of the buzzbait  through that tubing and the eye of the trailer hook. That hook will never come off and the first time you land a nice fish and he only has the trailer hook in him, you'll be glad you're using it. 

 

 

 

 

 

This isn't a buzzbait, but it's the same principle I'm talking about. 

 

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I like for the trailer hook to swing free , so I "usually" dont stick the eye in the tube .

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I prefer the "free" method over the tube over eye method, especially on buzzbaits. I like the stinger hook to have some flexability to move as well as hang a bit lower in water. I will peg it so to speak when throwing into grass or thick cover. If im over riprap especially i let it swing free. I get my spinnerbaits and buzzbaits custom made forbme by a coworker and i have him leave a few strands of the skirt long to work as a bit of a trailer as well as help hide the stinger hook.

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