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Our local Walmart (Webster,NY) is clearing out many of their hooks.  The gamakatsu skip gaps in 1/0,2/0,3/0, and 4/0 are $1 per pack.  I looked at the package and it had instructions for using these with tubes. 

Has anyone used these, and are they any good? Also, would these only be useful for tubes?

Thanks in advance for any advice on these.

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About 5 years back I tried 'skip-gap hooks' with Zoom Flukes  (I don't nose-hook, I body-hook).

That extra jog in the shank is supposed to serve as a wire kink that makes it harder

for the bait to ride-up on the shank. It works to some extent, but the bait may still ride-up the shank.

What's more, that extra kink in the shank robs space from the hook gap.

 

For securing a bait on the shank, I've yet to find a better hook than the Mustad Grip-pin Flipping hook.

Not saying it's my favorite hook, but my favorite for locking a soft-plastic to the hook-eye (e.g. flipping).

 

Roger

 

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Not a fan of them myself but some people swear by them. For $1 you should give them a try and see what you think.

 

Allen

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They are my go-to hook for skipping senkos under docks or trees.  If they had that deal at my Walmart, I'd buy every pack.  Literally.

 

 

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I like the skip gaps. Great find at $1 a piece. I use the 3/0 for trick worms and 5/0 for super flukes. 

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I've been searching local Walmart's and none here carry them. At that price, buy them all. I think it's the best Senko hook.

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13 hours ago, RichPenNY said:

would these only be useful for tubes?

For much more!  I even drop shot with them.  Crazy deal at $1 per pack!

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15 hours ago, RoLo said:

About 5 years back I tried 'skip-gap hooks' with Zoom Flukes  (I don't nose-hook, I body-hook).

That extra jog in the shank is supposed to serve as a wire kink that makes it harder

for the bait to ride-up on the shank. It works to some extent, but the bait may still ride-up the shank.

What's more, that extra kink in the shank robs space from the hook gap.

 

For securing a bait on the shank, I've yet to find a better hook than the Mustad Grip-pin Flipping hook.

Not saying it's my favorite hook, but my favorite for locking a soft-plastic to the hook-eye (e.g. flipping).

 

Roger

 

 

I agree. I'm not a huge fan of the hooks.

 

As for the second part, a tiny dab of gel super glue works better than any bait-keeper on the market, and the 30 seconds it takes to apply the glue and let it dry is minor compared to the time saved by not having to continually mess with the baits to keep them rigged properly.

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I'd buy them up!!! They hold well but keep in mind they aren't heavy, nor are they light, I call them a standard wire hook. So if you want to use them with 10# or 12# line great, if you are using 30# braid you will flex the hook. I use the 3/0 on 8# line with spinning tackle for T-rigged weightless stick worms as well as T-rigging 4" tubes, for that price I'd scoop them up quick.

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Thanks for all the replies. I got 5 packs of each size, so I should be set for a while. Hopefully these will work out, if not it's a $20 experiment.  I primarily use spinning gear with lighter line so no concern with setting the hook too hard with these.  

Thanks again.

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They are good hooks and they do help keep baits pinned better than regular ewg's. I don't use them with everything but they definitely have their place in my tackle box.

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I love them for Texas rigging tubes and they work exceptionally well. 

I still prefer an offset EWG for internal weights as the skipGap is difficult to thread through the weight.  

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I started a thread about these hooks last year because I was using them paired with a tube and the hook kept straightening out when a large fish bit.  I have used them for years without a problem until last year.  I am pretty sure that it was the iron jaw of a muskie and not a bass, however.  There is no bass big enough up here in the north country that can straighten out a hook like that.

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