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Red Eye Shad Hooks

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I know this has been asked before, but I can't figure out an answer to my specific question.

I used alcohol to clean some 1/2 oz red eye shad and rusted the hooks :? I know, bad idea.

 

I am in the market for replacement hooks and am unsure of what side to get. Most suggest Mustad UltraPoint KVD Elite Series Triple Grip Treble Hook with 1 Extra Strong and 2 Extra Short Hooks in size 2 - is this correct for both hooks?  

 

or 

 

Should I get something like Gamakatsu Short Shank Treble Hook in size 4?

 

Appreciate the any help!                                                                                                            

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I would go with a size 4 in a regular shank hook or a size 2 in a short shank hook. The Mustad KVD short shank hooks you mentioned are great. Use the same size hook for the front and the back. Size 4 is what comes on the bait from the factory but short shank hooks allow you to go up a size without the hooks tangling. So a size 2 in the KVD short shank hook will work great.

 

Edit: The Gamakatsu short shank hooks are sharper but more expensive. Again, short shank hooks, go up a size. So size 2 for any short shank hook.

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Cabelas has those KVD's on sale in size 2 (11pk) for $3.88 currently. No free shipping.

 

https://www.cabelas.com/product/bargain-cave/fishing/fishing-line-terminal-tackle/pc/105591780/c/105740280/sc/105746580/mustad-kvd-x-strong-x-short-triple-grip-treble/1159803.uts?slotId=5

 

I ordered 3 packs last night and used my rewards to cover the $5.00 shipping fee. Anything over $50 gets free shipping. I picked up some older lures from my bro that have rusty hooks so I needed some upgrade options myself. 

 

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VanDam has reported that he is able to upsize at least one size on most of his lures, and in some cases even two sizes. His venerable 1/2-ounce Strike King Red Eye Shad comes with size four hooks out of the package, he upgrades to a size two.

 

If it works for him it'll work for the rest of us.

 

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