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Best hooks for Macskippy lures

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Topic: Best hooks for Macskippy lures
Posted By: Fishb8
Subject: Best hooks for Macskippy lures
Date Posted: 08 Sep 2006 at 9:12pm
I'm getting ready to rig up several 4"  MacSkippy lures and have never settled on the best hook. My thoughs are, as big a hook as possible that won't affect the action.
I have some Gamakatsu SL8s that look the biz, especially with some zinc tape on the shaft. Have used  some SWF stainless jobbies but, although they feel sharp and don't rust, I seem to drop a lot.
What do you guys use?

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Posted By: ChrisW
Date Posted: 08 Sep 2006 at 10:52pm
Try the Gammie O'shaughnessy hook Roy.

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Posted By: bitie2000
Date Posted: 09 Sep 2006 at 1:25pm
I always try and use a large gauge hook in my skippy lures. These are better holding as the thinner gauge hooks tend to be more like a knife and cut there way out, The fat hooks hold so much better!

Posted By: Dead Ant
Date Posted: 09 Sep 2006 at 4:16pm
   I picked up some barbless stainless jobbies last year from Gourocks.  Run well and make dehooking them real easy.

Posted By: Tzer
Date Posted: 10 Sep 2006 at 7:58am
I use small double hooks like the one commerical guy's use for tuna trolling. I find they hold much better than single hooks.


Posted By: Boulder
Date Posted: 10 Sep 2006 at 9:02am
I was going to rig my McSkippys with those double hooks but have deceided to try those light guage hooks that Odin at fish crazy is importing as they are light weight and I hope they wont restrict the lures movement too much.
They are also reasonably large and just look right for the job to me. Time will tell if they pull as bitee2000 sugestsConfused


Posted By: bitie2000
Date Posted: 10 Sep 2006 at 11:56am
What i forgot to say is...
If you are catching skippy's for bait for bottom fishing then double hooks are the go. You can use heavier line weight and just crank them in no worries.
If you want them for livebaits then single's do less damage and your bait will survive longer. Doubles just do too much damage. The best hooks i have found are the gami and owner livebait hooks they have a nice short shank and good open gape. The short shank is good as there is less movement in the fishes mouth compared to one with a long shank.
As for hook size effecting the action of the lure i wouldn't worry too much about that with skippy's. Jeez they bite the swivels running through the water and they don't have alot of action to them.
Most hooks will catch fish but the main reason you pull hooks is more on the tackle you are using.

Posted By: Ski
Date Posted: 10 Sep 2006 at 8:25pm
i ran single hooks the first season i tried macskippies then changed to doubles(like a treble hook but just 2)the skippies do quite often drop off with the single quite soft jaws.they tend to be fistey little buggers at the back of the boattricky to gaff and netting is not really much of an option specially if the boat is still moving forward.having a double hook allows you to just haulem out of the drink but as mentioned above they can make a bit of a mess of the mouth if livbaiting. but whats wrong with a bit of a blood trail!!!the double doesnt seem to effect they way they swim either

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Posted By: Bushpig
Date Posted: 11 Sep 2006 at 7:37am
I have the doubles as well. Good solid hook ups

Posted By: odin
Date Posted: 11 Sep 2006 at 7:45pm
Hi Roy
Try some of our 'KiwiBlue' 9/0 Livebait alloy hooks. They are O'Shaunessy design made from an alloy that is lightweight, hard, and almost impossible to bend. We are the only ones using this space age alloy for the production of hooks. Because of their light weight they will not affect the action of your lure as either a single or double rig. You will need a diamond file to sharpen them but they are plenty sharp from the packet. They have taken 2 Marlin that I know about so no worries there.
Available on the web -
WS Lawries have stocks at present & I think that Hunts Sports also have stock.
Drop me a PM with your address &  will chuck a pack of samples in the post for you.


Posted By: cod
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2006 at 7:20am
good old double hooks do the job well.

Posted By: odin
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2006 at 5:43pm
Your samples are in the post Roy. Look forward to hearing how you go with them.


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