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I just saw the new Owner "Light" Mosquito Hook which to me looks like a improvement to the "beak" down turned hook point I don't particularly care for with the standard Owner Mosquito hooks . My current preference is a Gama Drop Shot / Split Shot hook size #1 or #2  for nose hooking Robo Worms and such ... The Trokar drop shot hook looks deadly , there is the newer Berkley drop shot hooks with some kind of slick coating applied for easier hook sets , the VMC "Spin Shot"  and then the fore mentioned new Owner Light Mosquito drop shot hooks . *What is your current favorite drop shot hook and size for nose hooking worms , as well as,  what feature(s) you like about them ?

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The finesse wide gap is my favorite, but I'm not too picky with my drop shot hooks as long as it is sized to the bait. For the guys having trouble with the mosquito, don't set the hook, just reel set like a circle.

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I bought a few sizes of the Light mosquito hooks last spring. I feel like I lost a higher percentage of fish on them than on other hooks so they've been removed from my hook box. I'm not an experienced fisherman and I'm not entirely confident in any drop shot hook yet. If it's working I prefer to dropshot with an EWG hook because I'm more confident of landing the fish.

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Aaron's Gamakatsu drop shot hook is good for nose hook and Owner 5133 down shot  for weedless hook, trying the Cover shot hook size 2 for both slip shot and weedless drop shot, the keeper works good and this may be my new hook for finesse presentations.

Tom

 

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2 minutes ago, WRB said:

Aaron's Gamakatsu drop shot hook is good for nose hook 

I used these all season and love them, even with the barb pinched down I rarely loose them and they really stick in deep.  I had been using the Gama Finesse Heavy Cover hooks for t-rigged plastics but they are expenisve as heck.  I picked up a pile of these new Owner hooks and what little I have used them really impressed me.

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I use the roboworm rebarb has worked great for me.

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I used to use the Gamakatsu swivel hooks, nose hooked roboworms and really liked them. I'd still use these for nose hooking worms and other plastics.

 

But, my hook up ratio exploded up when I moved over to the Roboworm Rebarb Hook. I use different sizes but generally like either a 1/0 or #1 light wire. I use these whenever I Texas Rig a roboworm which is now most of the time.

 

Brad

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I  went to Table Rock last fall and tried drop shots for the first time . I used some of those hooks that are attached to a swivel . I lost fish after fish . Only landed a few . I dont know if it was the hook or what .  

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I don't do much dropshotting so my experience with hooks is limited. What I use is the VMC spinshot in either #1 or 1/0. Probably with a Roboworm I would go with the size 1 because they are thinner at the nose. I've also tried the Gammy wide-gap weedless hooks. Only caught 1 fish with that hooks so not much to report. 

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Gamakatsu DS hooks, Stand-out hooks, and started using the Owner hooks that Tom mentioned. For anyone missing fish the secret is to just start reeling as mega hook sets will make you lose fish.

 

Allen

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If North GA is like Middle TN, an open dropshot hook is tough to get away with—it dives into every stick on the lake.  The Roboworm Rebarb hook is nasty sharp.  TX rigged on a dropshot accounted for a ton of fish for me last year.  Sticks em right in the roof of the mouth. 

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Gamakatsu split shot/drop shot or Berkley fusion drop shot hook. Only difference I can tell is gammys will hold a point a little longer, but I'm so picky about having a sharp hook that I'm changing enough that it doesn't make a difference.

 

If I'm not nose hooking, can't beat a rebarb.

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I used Gamakatsu  Drop shot/split shot hooks for years...never had a problem with them.

 

I switched to VMC spin shot's probably 4-5 years ago...all was good until this past season. I ran low/out of my stock of these hooks purchased the first 2-3 years these were on the market. I restocked my supply with several packs....and  almost every single one of them gave me issues, specifically with the little wire "swivel" bending and/or breaking either after just a few fish catches, or on large fish. I never had that problem with the original batch. Bummed me out because I really like the concept of these hooks and beat the drum loudly for them here. 

 

With my trust lost in these hooks, I switched back to Gamakatsu, this time the Aaron Martens TGW drop shot hooks and have been happy with those.

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Another vote for the Gamakatsu. Two decades of use. Reliable.

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16 hours ago, WRB said:

Aaron's Gamakatsu drop shot hook is good for nose hook and Owner 5133 down shot  for weedless hook, trying the Cover shot hook size 2 for both slip shot and weedless drop shot, the keeper works good and this may be my new hook for finesse presentations.

Tom

 

*Thanks Tom - That Owner Cover Shot looks to be a cool deal - it will also serve other finesse applications besides just drop shot .

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My box has Gammy Dropshot/Splitshot, Extra Wide Gap Finesse, Owner Mosquito, and Robo Worm Rebarbs.  I was thinking of trying a treble hook on a drop **** and nose hooking three thin worms. Hey, just like a finesse umbrella rig. Oh, maybe I won't.<_<

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We are discussing finesse drop shot where lighter wire smaller size hooks used with finesse size soft plastics, not bubba shot. When using light line and small size 3" to 6" worms on line from 4# to 8# mono or FC the hook affects he worm action. Worm movements are more natural swimming action when nose hooked or wacky hooked, weedless hooking requires a longer hook that is light wire to allow the worm to have more suttle movements that standard to heavy wire hook tend to deaden. 

Rebarb hooks are light wire Gamakatsu or Owner with a piece of shrink sleeve to hold the soft plastic. The needs to be extremely sharp to penetrate the bass mouth be lifting the rod and reeling without a hard hook set associated with standard worm hooks.

Tom

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Only hook I use is the VMC Spin Shot.

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18 hours ago, ChrisD46 said:

My current preference is a Gama Drop Shot / Split Shot hook size #1 or #2  for nose hooking

Used these all Summer for both large/smallmouth nose hooking shad type baits and they worked well

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16 hours ago, scaleface said:

I  went to Table Rock last fall and tried drop shots for the first time . I used some of those hooks that are attached to a swivel . I lost fish after fish . Only landed a few . I dont know if it was the hook or what .  

It's possible the swivel type drop shot hook (i.e. Gama , VMC)  do better fished vertical  with a Z-Man type elaZtech type baits which float or are at least neutral in the water . I'm thinking on a more horizontal drop shot retrieve with a not floating  soft plastic the bait may rotate behind the line on the hook swivel thus being on the wrong side to stick a bass ? *Perhaps someone here who has experience with the swivel type drop shot hooks can chime in what works best for soft plastic types  , retrieve , etc. ?

13 hours ago, BoatSquirrel said:

If North GA is like Middle TN, an open dropshot hook is tough to get away with—it dives into every stick on the lake.  The Roboworm Rebarb hook is nasty sharp.  TX rigged on a dropshot accounted for a ton of fish for me last year.  Sticks em right in the roof of the mouth. 

Definitely lake structure will be a deciding factor  whether you go T-Rig or exposed  hook with a drop shot . I encounter more open water situations than not so exposed hook works for me . *Tom has me thinking though and may wish to standardize on one style drop shot  hook that works for more situations .

3 hours ago, ww2farmer said:

I used Gamakatsu  Drop shot/split shot hooks for years...never had a problem with them.

 

I switched to VMC spin shot's probably 4-5 years ago...all was good until this past season. I ran low/out of my stock of these hooks purchased the first 2-3 years these were on the market. I restocked my supply with several packs....and  almost every single one of them gave me issues, specifically with the little wire "swivel" bending and/or breaking either after just a few fish catches, or on large fish. I never had that problem with the original batch. Bummed me out because I really like the concept of these hooks and beat the drum loudly for them here. 

 

With my trust lost in these hooks, I switched back to Gamakatsu, this time the Aaron Martens TGW drop shot hooks and have been happy with those.

Reduced line twist is / was a feature of the swivel type drop shot hooks ; without them I will want a high quality drop weight to reduce line twist (plus not reeling the drop shot rig back too quickly helps and or braid main line)

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Gammy Split Shot/ Drop Shot hook 99% of the time. The Owner Mosquito is also a nice hook. If I need to go weedless, the Robo Rebarb hook is nice.

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19 minutes ago, WRB said:

We are discussing finesse drop shot where lighter wire smaller size hooks used with finesse size soft plastics, not bubba shot. When using light line and small size 3" to 6" worms on line from 4# to 8# mono or FC the hook affects he worm action. Worm movements are more natural swimming action when nose hooked or wacky hooked, weedless hooking requires a longer hook that is light wire to allow the worm to have more suttle movements that standard to heavy wire hook tend to deaden. 

Rebard hooks are light wire Gamakatsu or Owner with a piece of shrink sleeve to hold the soft plastic. The needs to be extremely sharp to penetrate the bass mouth be lifting the rod and reeling without a hard hook set associated with standard worm hooks.

Tom

*Agreed Tom : Drop Shot setup of ML rod , #4lb. to #8 lb. line where you don't want to inhibit the worm action along where  a reel set type hook set is used .

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The Gamakatsu split/drop shot hooks are nice but I prefer the Gamakatsu finesse wide gap. They are great for drop shot and wacky rigs

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Gamakatsu G-Finesse heavy cover worm hook in a size 1. Designed by A-Mart.

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I have a few favorites - 

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