Gamakatsu 4X Octopus Hook
We use these hooks for catching blue cats up to 60lbs on the Potomac river. These come sharp out of the pack. We have yet to have one bend. People say that you deep hook fish W/O circle hooks. We have yet to do that. Infact, we often hook them AROUND the bottom jaw. Gotta love it!
March 13, 2008
A few people might think using a hook this big is overkill when u are cating 20 to 30 pound cats on a trot line. After having more than my fair share of "trot line" hooks bend and even break I knew it was time for something better, and boy is this something better. I have never had one bend much less break. You could not ask for a better hook for those big cats. The only trouble I have now is people running my lines, seeing the hooks, and deciding they need those for themselves.
February 23, 2010
As fish hooks go, one of the best (if not THE best) hooks I've ever used. Really heavy duty, practically unbreakable/unbendable. I fish primarily catfish here in Ohio & they are the best hooks I've ever used for cats of ANY size. Been using them over 2 yrs. now. They hold their sharpness extremely well, and can be removed even with pliers without distortion. For all size cats, this is the hook choice for me. Try 'em once & you'll see what I mean.
May 30, 2012
I recently used one of these hooks , size 10/0 , while shark fishing . Upon having a strike , I thought that I just missed having a solid hookup . When I reeled in , to check the bait , I found that my hook was missing . The loop in the leader , where my hook had been , was intact , with no sign of any damage . The leader was of 130 lb. test 7 strand vinyl covered cable , double wrapped through the eye of the hook.. I checked several other identical hooks , to see if it was possible for the leader to have squeezed between the eye and the shank of the hook , where they meet . This was found to be impossible. . Thusly , the only answer is that the eye of the hook simply broke in two. End result is that the fish was lost , and I'm left with several hooks that I'm afraid to use . Maybe this was just an isolated incident , but be advised , of my problem.
June 1, 2012