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 If I use a straight shank hook with a screw in bullet wt. and a curly tail worm, would the  straight  shank hook make  the worm NOT look natural ? being it's a curly tail ?

 

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Not at all.  There numerous anglers who use straight shank hooks with their worms, curly taii and plain.  Consider a slip sinker in lieu of a screw in and you will find less congestion at the hook tie and it gives you the same results.  If you want your weight tight to the worm, just peg, or bobber stop the slip sinker to hold it in place.  I am sure others will have a different take on this.  My personal preference is a an EWG hook.

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4 hours ago, OnthePotomac said:

Not at all.  There numerous anglers who use straight shank hooks with their worms, curly taii and plain.  Consider a slip sinker in lieu of a screw in and you will find less congestion at the hook tie and it gives you the same results.  If you want your weight tight to the worm, just peg, or bobber stop the slip sinker to hold it in place.  I am sure others will have a different take on this.  My personal preference is a an EWG hook.

Ditto 

 

 

 

 

Mike

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I agree with @OnthePotomac except my personal preference is straight shank round bend hooks.

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I just get so much better hook ups with straight shanks over offsets and EWGs. The hook point is positioned perfectly to come bounding out of the plastic for a great set.

 

One to consider would be the Roboworm Rebarb hook in a 4/0. I mention the size because these hooks seem a bit on the small side to me . . . so go big for most worm fishing.

 

If you go to the Roboworm website, you will see that this hook comes in two different wires sizes: a medium and a light wire. Too, for really small hooks, they may an Aberdeen style hook in a #2 and #4.

 

Too, though slightly different, I believe Owner and Gamakatsu both have really good versions of this sort of hook. But, I really, really like the keeper on the Rebarb hooks.

 

For a weight, I'd be inclined to just pinch on a light split sinker.

 

Brad

 

 

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Mustad Denny Brauer Grip-Pin Max Flippin’ Hook 😉

 

I've thrown this hook for many years until they added the Grip-Pin & that's when they lost me. Now that they have welded the pin on place it's on again.

 

Mustard's UltraPoint delivers the fastest penetration of any hook. 

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If you want total confusion look at worm hooks offered by TW or Barlows for example.Why so many? Everyone has their own worm hook preference to resolve something in the way they rig a simple soft plastic worm.

The problem most anglers have is the front of worm sliding down the hook shank filling the hook bend (gap) and covering the point resulting in missed hook sets. If the worm doesn't slide down into the bend you only need a hook with a gap 2X the diameter of the worm to get a good hook set on any size bass.

I prefer Owner 5103 straight shank worm hooks when using most plastic worms rigged weedless using a sliding bullet weight and glass faceted bead. To prevent the worm from sliding down I use a rubber peg-it through the hook eye, Glenn uses heavy piece of mono line, use whatever works for you. 

Consider the wider the hook gap is the more spring (bending open) the hook has under pressure requiring heavier diameter wire. EWG hooks tend the cam over sideways when the bass bites down resulting in missed hook sets. There isn't a panacea to worm hooks.

Tom

 

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I've been thinking about switching over to straight shank, but I've been paying about 25 cents each for Eagle Claw EWG, and the hooks mentioned so far in this thread are like 80 cents to a dollar each. I go through a lot of hooks, and yes, I'm cheap.

 

There's also a lot more choice available in EWG at my local stores. The Eagle Claw straight shanks at walmart are bronze, I'm not using that.

 

I like that simple style of the Owner 5103. Anyone know of a cheaper option?

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Wouldn't throw anything Eagle Claw!

 

11 minutes ago, fin said:

I like that simple style of the Owner 5103. Anyone know of a cheaper option?

 

Damiki Viper Straight Shank Hooks $2.99 per 8 pk

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1 hour ago, Catt said:

Wouldn't throw anything Eagle Claw!

 

 

Damiki Viper Straight Shank Hooks $2.99 per 8 pk

That'll work.

 

Those Eagle Claw EWG have served me well, I've been through a ton of them. They do what I need them to do. I'm not going to pay more for something I can't see. I've tried quite a few brands and I've never noticed any major difference that's worth paying for. Ignorance is bliss, I guess.

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I bought a pack of Decoy Versatile Keepers on a whim last year and have really gotten to like them on straight shank hooks. For tougher plastics like Trickworms I use the small ones and bury it in the worm. For softer ones like Senkos I use the large ones and snug them up to the bottom of the worm.  

 

I think pegging the hook eye with heavy mono is the “best” solution but sometimes I want to leave the hook-eye exposed so the Decoy Keepers do have a place. 

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