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I bought these hooks last season at my local tackle shop on clearance. They were .75 per 4 pack of Falcon branded Gamakatsu 3/0 EWG hooks.

I initially bought them to cut off the lead and use them as regular EWG hooks. What I found out was they are fantastic for flukes. The lightest weight makes flukes move great and helps keep them down a little, and the heavier weights get the flukes down deeper. The small lead weight keeps the flukes on for a long time too. I had never seen these before. Anyone know any companies who make them like this? I bought a ton so I should be good for 2 seasons.

 

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Nice hooks but the one I really, really like is VMC's Drop Dead hook. I like its extra-long shank, how its weighted. It has a corresponding plastic and when it is tossed out, it is supposed to emulate a dying shad.

 

But, I have never bought the plastic shad/flukes, I just put on my regulars. I replace the screw on bait keeper and put on an Owner CPS, like them better.

 

Buy a few for comparison. You might stick with them!

 

Brad

 

 

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3 hours ago, CrankFate said:

I’d buy every pack in the store at that price if they are Gamis.

I did! 

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Those weighted hooks also work great to rig a plastic worm, just like you would a t rig weightless.  Subtle slow fall.  Sort of like a rage rig,.

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31 minutes ago, redmexican5081 said:

Around here, in lead free NH, the only brand I have found is Arkie. They are 4/0 and come in 3 weights and 2 colors for the hooks.  https://www.arkiejigs.com/product-p/bm-773.htm

Even though the lead is molded to the hook, you can't use it?

 

I'm in MA and never thought of that? I guess it would be considered a jig. Thanks for sharing that link.

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15 minutes ago, Jigfishn10 said:

Even though the lead is molded to the hook, you can't use it?

 

I'm in MA and never thought of that? I guess it would be considered a jig. Thanks for sharing that link.

Right from RSA 339:77

"Prohibited fishing tackle shall include lead sinkers with a total weight of one ounce or less and lead jigs with a total weight of one ounce or less, regardless of whether they are painted, coated, or covered by some other substance or by attached skirts. Lead sinkers and lead jigs shall not include lead fishing related items, including but not limited to lead core line, spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, spoons, poppers, plugs, or flies."

 

From my interactions with NHFG, pretty much anything besides what is on the "not included" list given is going to be an issue depending on the interpretation of the officer.

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4 hours ago, Jigfishn10 said:

Even though the lead is molded to the hook, you can't use it?

 

I'm in MA and never thought of that? I guess it would be considered a jig. Thanks for sharing that link.

Those Arkie hooks he posted about are lead free. The weighted part is not lead.

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