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Old 03-12-2017, 10:30 PM   #1
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Some premium hooks are probably worth more than an off the shelf generic hook. That being said, there was an article in Fishing Tackle Retailer in the Nov/Dec issue (I think) which said something like "The price of terminal tackle doesn't seem to be a problem to most fishermen." Well, I beg to differ.

Now days, due to a very low fixed income, I have a hard time justifying a $1.50 hook for Bass or inshore fish. Yes, I can see that much for a Marlin hook but try to find a Marlin hook for that. High hook price is why some fishermen decapitate a fish that should be released just to get the hook back.

The old Mustad style 3407 O'Shaugnessy and the 39960 circle hooks(12/0) have been standards for SW fishing all of my life. They still work for me so I won't be changing in this lifetime. Yes, they have increased in cost but not like some of the new hooks. I have no clue how many Mustad 39960's I have bought over the past 60 plus years but I've bought 10,000 at a time more than once, to take advantage of the much lower cost of buying in bulk.

The cost of Gamakatsu and Owner hooks is just plain ridiculous. Compared to the cost of gas for your Contender, the cost is insignificant however.

Swim bait and jerk bait hooks from any manufacturer cost way too much.

Yeah, I bitch a lot. I'm old so it is allowed.
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Old 03-12-2017, 11:22 PM   #2
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Thanks Captain,, good post..
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I guess I'm a cheapskate I haven't ever paid $1.50 for 1 hook.
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Most of the larger hooks I use are 7/0 Eagle Claw red @ Walmart. Only broken a couple out of several thousand. Caught several sharks in the 250#+ range. Cheap.
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buy mine whole sale on line pay around 10 - 15- cents per hook
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Some of the prices do seem a lot for a small piece of bended metal. I'm not far from retirement so I am about to join in the gripe. Besides hooks, I also see a lot of interesting lures that I would like to try, but buying is overwhelming at times for me which is why I rely on the smart folks on the forum to give me a lead for which I should spend my play dollars.
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CaptKen.....you are absolutely right. I pretty much stick to Eagle Claw. They are more affordable and serve my purpose well.
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Eagle claw is what I buy too. 2 bucks a pack in most bait stores.
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As a longtime former deckhand I have seen more 3/0 and 5/0 eagle claw hooks break than I can remember. Not worth losing a good fish over. Don't skimp on terminal tackle. You don't need owners, but use a quality hook.
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