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Old 11-21-2010, 04:54 PM
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Default Hook type for clam vs. bunker?

I purchased some high/low rigs with circle hooks (#7) that I use for clams. I was fishing with some bunker using these hooks and there was not a lot of the tip exposed. Do you recommend circles for chunks, or do you typically use a different hook?
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Old 11-21-2010, 05:14 PM
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Default Re: Hook type for clam vs. bunker?

Opinions will vary on your question.
I only use the circle 8/0 when chunking with small chunks.
Typically the chunk next to the tail and may be the one above it depending on it's size.

Anything larger I use a J-hook with a fish finder rig on a bait-caster reel.
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Whether it be a clam or bunker I use a 5/0 J-hook on a fish finder rig on all my poles. Of the few times I use a hi/lo rig the same applies. 5/0 J-hooks.
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I purchased some high/low rigs with circle hooks (#7) that I use for clams. I was fishing with some bunker using these hooks and there was not a lot of the tip exposed. Do you recommend circles for chunks, or do you typically use a different hook?
It's always good to pierce your chunk so the hook's point and barb are exposed. That is especially important for circle hooks or they just won't work properly.

Whenever I use Circles for chunks I only use size 8/0. When I use large chunks I prefer to use 8/0 up to 10/0 "J" Octopus hooks. I do that on all types of rigs, High Low, Slapshot or FishFinders.

As an aside, a good friend of mine fishes for Black Drum in Delaware Bay. Their jaws are similar to a hydraulic car crusher so he only uses 10/0 Octopus hooks.
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Old 11-24-2010, 10:03 AM
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Default Re: Hook type for clam vs. bunker?

What is a J hook?
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Old 11-24-2010, 11:19 AM
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Default Re: Hook type for clam vs. bunker?

That's the hook you grew up with. Shaped like the letter "J".
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7/0's circles for clam is all I use. Prefer 8/0 circles for bunker chunks. Bunker heads, use a 8/0 J hook.
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What is a J hook?
Below is a "J" style hook and then a Circle hook
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Old 12-17-2010, 01:44 PM
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Default Circle Hooks rule.

I love circle hooks for deadsticking in the surf - fish just hook themselves & don't get off. For large bunker chunks I use a 9/0. Far fewer damaged fish from swallowed J hooks is a real bonus when you want to release one to grow up for another day.

If you are actively holding your rod a J hooks are good as you will set the hook when you feel a bite. But even then you will catch more if you let the fish run a bit - but risk a swallowed hook.

While we are on hooks I think they should outlaw the damned treble hooks on lures - they just damage fish & injure fisherman. They really are not needed. I cut at least one hook off all my lures & replaced some with singles when possible - I don't notice much difference in hookups - actually the extra time i get to fish from not having to do surgery to remove all the treble hooks from the fish & net probably lets me catch more fish. Not to mention how much fun it is to get trebled lures out of your box without pulling ten lures out.....
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I agree with you about treble hooks, especially when you are trying to release a crazy bluefish!

Everyone should note that hook manufacturers have not yet agreed on "standardization" of the sizes of circle hooks. As an example 9/0, 10/0, 11/0 Mustad circles are smaller than a Gamakatsu 8/0 Circle hook.

They also have, just like most Mustad hooks, Dull Points!
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Old 12-18-2010, 12:27 PM
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Default Re: Hook type for clam vs. bunker?

You are right - there is a definate diference in size - I have found that with circle hooks its better to be oversized than under. For example - I was fishing for stripers in BI along the rockpile & was using an 8/0 Gamakatsu circle with a large clam chunk - i caught three good sized Tog (14-18 inch)- a fish everyone told me needs small hooks (I typically fished for tog with small j-hooks & always had a tough time hooking up -not anymore - circle hooks for me - they hooked themselves since I was deadheading while casting lures). As for stripers & blues - they have big mouths - I don't think you can go too big unless fishing for rats then I would use smaller baits & maybe a 4 or 5/0. I f I am using a bunker head I definitely want some hook that is sticking out though thus the 9-10/0. I alwys sharpen hooks - even new ones - I think it makes a big difference. Not a lot of sharpening just a few quick strokes with a fine tool.
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Below is a "J" style hook and then a Circle hook

I could be wrong but. I believe these are octopus hooks
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Default Re: Hook type for clam vs. bunker?

Jess's description above and pictures are correct Octopus on the Left and Circle is on the right, although I admit that sometimes with smaller size hooks like 5/0's I have to really look at the hook closely. Nothing worse than adding 25 5/0 Octopus hooks to a bin of 100+ 6/0 Circles.








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