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Bobbin' Bob
Posted: Jan 08, 2018 - 02:25 pm


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Hey guys,
I tend to loose a lot of fish halfway up the hole.
Anyone have any tips on how to avoid this?
Are certain types of hooks better than others for ice fishing?
Is it best to hook the minnow near the head or tail?

thanks for your input!

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hammertime
Posted: Jan 08, 2018 - 03:02 pm


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slow and steady. You don't have to panic and reel it in quickly. Make sure you set the hook and reel it in a continuous pace, while keeping constant pressure on the line. Avoid hitting the hole when bringing it in. Don't grab the line.

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buddy
Posted: Jan 08, 2018 - 07:06 pm


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Here's a few things to consider, they may already be obvious to you, if so please disregard this reply, it's not meant to be condescending.
Make sure you have sharp hooks, I like to give my hooks the fingernail test. If the hook tends to scratch the fingernail rather than dig in, it's not sharp enough.
Make sure there is some room left in the bend of the hook for it to set into the hooked fish. If the bend of the hook is completely full of minnow or other bait then the hook sets become more difficult.
Some fish have bony mouths, for those you need a little bit stronger hook set in order to make sure that the hook has penetrated sufficiently deep enough for the barb to take effect.

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FishinGuy
Posted: Jan 08, 2018 - 09:49 pm


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Two important things I learned as a tournament angler, strong hooksets and good quality sharp hooks.

I personally change 90% of the hooks that come on lures, but I am crazy like that.

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Northhunter
Posted: Jan 09, 2018 - 03:04 am


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Might not be the hooks!

If you are using live bait you may be losing fish that were hooked "by the skin" or through the "lip" rather then a solid hookset in the roof of the mouth, etc.
Walleye can be very lite biters.. I generally let them take a live minnow for a bit before I give the set, and I still lose fish halfway up the hole!
One thing I will say that never gets mentioned is I use good strong hooks. This seems to require more attention when buying jigs than anything else. What I mean by strong is a hook what won't begin to straighten under the weight of a decent fish.

Re; through the head/tail.. it depends. A fish will always try to put prey down head first. So that plays a role.. if it's one of those days where they aren't playing around hooking them through the tail can be the difference between a deeply hooked fish and an easy C&R job on the set lines.

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Bobbin' Bob
Posted: Jan 09, 2018 - 11:10 am


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First time I hear about the "fingernail test" (thanks Buddy).
Sure enough, most of my hooks failed the test. I even had new hooks that failed. You might not be that crazy after all Fishinguy!
Luckily for me, I already have 2 hook sharpeners in my tackle box. Looks like I'll finally be using them.

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npt1
Posted: Jan 09, 2018 - 11:28 am


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try using Eagle Claw "wide gap" hooks,
they have always allowed me to hook fish
in the upper mouth.
I have not lost many fish using wide gap hooks.
Hope this helps you.


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Longshank
Posted: Jan 09, 2018 - 11:46 am


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ya, hooks need to be lazer sharp . both for lures and minnow presentations.
I like triple grip for lures and gamu for single hook and minnow presentations. I use fine wire to get good action and never had a problem with hooks bending out.

Even so, last year I lost all the bigger fish at the hole cause some had the hook just in the teeth and not in any boney part of the mouth. It happens.

as others have pointed out...sticky sharp

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