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Rapala hook sets
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Rapala hook sets
So I've been getting into more lure fishing. Been getting some really nice takers but when I'm winding in they strike and I can't get a good hook set. Usually they hook themselves but now with the new rapala lures seems like you really have to pull to set the hook. Anyone else seem to be having this problem.
08-08-2017 07:45 PM
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RE: Rapala hook sets
hmm well if you want good gooks swap them out for some owners vmc or other high end ...
i use gamakatsu on my rattle traps... you should see me holding them ... im like a little girl not wanting to touch some thing lol they are that sharp
08-08-2017 11:34 PM
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RE: Rapala hook sets
I was thinking that or getting a sharpener.
08-09-2017 10:28 PM
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RE: Rapala hook sets
on my winter list is a berkley elec hook sharpener they are under 20$ to see how good they are .. figure use that for a while get some use out of the hooks.. but for tor lures ill swap them out
08-09-2017 11:24 PM
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RE: Rapala hook sets
(08-08-2017 11:34 PM)dave jay Wrote:  hmm well if you want good gooks swap them out for some owners vmc or other high end ..

Rapala hooks are VMC hooks. I fish Rapala a LOT... and don't quite understand the hook set issue. I'm generally a light tackle guy too, and the way I see grown adult humans sometimes setting hooks into a 2lb bass like it was a 1000lb tuna makes me laugh. Back in the day of whippy glass rods and stretchy mono line, if you had a hit at the end of a 100 foot cast, yes you had to really work to sink hooks. Today with our normal gear- extremely responsive rods and zero-stretch line, it doesn't take much to set the hook on a fish when using a lure with small(ish) and very sharp trebles.

Fish don't always EAT a lure, sometimes they just take a swipe at it and don't really commit. I've had days when they were doing that- watching them do that. Seems like no matter what, I couldn't get a hood hookup regardless of how many strikes. Other days I've been worried about the fish because every one had the lure and two trebles in the back of their mouth and missed very few strikes.

I have used an EZ-Lap diamond hook hone for probably 30 years. No moving parts, cheap, very very effective, and the last thing I need on the water is more batteries. Sharp hooks do make a big difference. Within reason, I've never had an issue with any hooks on relatively new Rapala lures. The old ones, sure they need touched up.

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08-10-2017 05:58 AM
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I'm not light tackle. Mostly doing Muskie fishing and for it to grab the lure twice and me not being to hook it like I normally would. Also had some nice smallmouth in the 20 inches range crush the lure and I had them on for about 3 secs and the hooks never grabbed. So far it's been the new rapalas I bought cause the older ones seem to be working fine and they been around for awhile now.
08-10-2017 09:24 AM
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I know a lot guys up-size there stock trebles.


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08-10-2017 07:56 PM
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RE: Rapala hook sets
Changing hook sizes on light lures such as Rapala original floating minnows CAN have an effect on their action and how they perform. You'd have to try it and see. This is odd because Rapala is one lure brand on which I've never been concerned about the hooks. I've bent a few with pliers while unhooking really severely hooked fish, but haven't had any failures that I can remember- in 40 years of using them.

We've all had those days when strong fish get hooked by a little bit muscle and skin, and can rip off against even a light drag. Unless there's some obvious reason- bent or broken or dull hooks, bent hook hangers, bent line tie causing the lure to run weird, etc, there are probably other reasons fish don't stay stuck on. That's what keeps us going back out.

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08-11-2017 05:51 AM
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