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Swapping trebles for in line hooks?

TomRTomR Posts: 12 Greenhorn
I fished the Caloosahatchee this past December and caught several beautiful snook over 30 inches. One was 38”. I was thrilled! Some came on shadow raps and others hit crystal minnows. All with treble hooks obviously. My 38 incher wacked a chrome Strike King 8XD crank bait on a deep drop off. That bait has some big trebles on it and it tore the fish up pretty good, but I did land it. Most fish I catch on trebles are released in good shape. So, if I pull the trigger on in line hooks what can I expect? Thanks

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  • SpineymanSpineyman Destin, FlPosts: 8,377 Admiral
    I purchased a couple of Rapala's twitchin minnows for salt water and they came with inline singles. I will say once you get a hook up they tend to hold well , but getting the hookups was a huge problem for me. Don't know if it is my technique or what but I was so frustrated I switched out the hooks with trebles. I was getting about 15 to 1 hits to hookup ratio. It frosted my craw for sure.
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  • superdupersuperduper Posts: 1,927 Captain
    I heard the same thing. ^
    only used them a couple of times, but I can say I felt like I missed some fish that a treble would have hooked some how or another.
    not sure how I feel, I think id rather get a real chance at the fish than miss most of my shots because of something I really can't control.

    I haven't fished in awhile, went to rig up to go, picked a big spook off the wall that I swapped with singles. not sure I feel 100% with them, so I did what I see some of those Aussies do and put a treble on the middle, and a single on the back. Hope I get a chance to test it out.

    I dunno
  • surfmansurfman WC FLPosts: 6,022 Admiral
    You can crimp the barbs down on trebles and they still catch fish, sure, one will get off once in a while but., they seem to get off without the barbs crimped as well. Keep tension on the line and try not to let the fish jump. That can be hard with fish like snook and tarpon but, crimped hooks are much easier to remove from you and the fish. You could just leave one hook not crimped, that also works well, the lure has 6 to 9 hooks on it for crying out loud.
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  • kellerclkellercl Posts: 12,193 AG
    I tried it and hated the results.  
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  • MaineRidaMaineRida Posts: 331 Deckhand
    I've seen lures with double hooks, why not cut one of the hooks off the treble and split the difference? 
  • surfmansurfman WC FLPosts: 6,022 Admiral
    I agree that the single hook doesn't work as well, at least in my experience. Especially for fish like trout, their mouths rip up too easily with the singe hook. I loose trout with that set up regularly.
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  • FlatsMatt96FlatsMatt96 Daytona BeachPosts: 1,462 Officer
    I have worked with trebles. I will say if you are replacing them yourself, the hardest part is keeping the correct weight depending on which lure. However it is easy. Not only that but the singular hooks are great for surf fishing with fish that have a tendecy to chase down lures. On the flats though I have no issue with using trebles. Never had any fish turn away or reduce my hookset.
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  • superdupersuperduper Posts: 1,927 Captain
    im gonna invent bass hooks instead of trebles, gonna be rich
  • RollinRollin Posts: 1,549 Captain
    Years ago I fished a lot with a spook and mashed the barbs down before I even began fishing. Somewhere in that period Mirrorolure came out with a single hook model. I loved those things and felt they were much easier on the fish. I probably missed a few fish, but it was a lot easier on the fish I did catch. Now I fish a lot with a Toad and it’s a single hook. Bass fisherman slay them with worms and they’re all single hooks

  • NopratKoonsNopratKoons East CentralPosts: 40 Deckhand
    Following with great interest...I've just started adding hardbaits/plugs into my tarpon fishing arsenal and have heard that landing them on treble hooks is even more nightmarishly difficult than it is with a single-hook jig or soft plastic.  Maybe the key with using trebles on jumping fish like tarpon and snook is using mono instead of braid? Seems to help a lot on bass...I was pulling hooks like crazy on my hard jerkbaits/crankbaits using braid, switched to mono and it remedied the problem.
  • Mister-JrMister-Jr Posts: 29,364 AG
    edited January 2019 #12
    I had the most success fishing snook, redfish, and trout with jigs.  I mashed the barb on all the jigs, and on hard baits, replaced the trebles with single hooks.  Rarely did we have a day without at least one keeper for the table.

    The longer I fished, the more I realized how many fish I was killing with barbed trebles, so I switched. 90% of my fishing was in 10,000 Islands, South of Marco and Everglades City and I fished for the enjoyment of being on the water rather than killing a bunch of fish.  Having a fish for the table was a reward.

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  • kellerclkellercl Posts: 12,193 AG
    I would buy a mirrodine with single hooks, but it only comes with trebles.  And I tried it with singles, it doesn't balance correctly.  The mirrodine is my favorite lure, absolutely a beast.  
    #Lead beakerhead specialist 

    "Soul of the mind, key to life's ether. Soul of the lost, withdrawn from its vessel. Let strength be granted, so the world might be mended. So the world might be mended."
  • SpineymanSpineyman Destin, FlPosts: 8,377 Admiral
    kellercl said:
    I would buy a mirrodine with single hooks, but it only comes with trebles.  And I tried it with singles, it doesn't balance correctly.  The mirrodine is my favorite lure, absolutely a beast.  
    Have you tried the Rapala Shadow Rap Shad? I destroyed my two kayak buddies every single time last year with one, and they both throw the mirrodine. One in trout color and one in green back.
    Kayak Rookie...and loving it.
    Fishing beautiful Destin / Ft Walton Beach area!

    II Chronicles 7:14
    if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.



  • kellerclkellercl Posts: 12,193 AG
    No I haven't, I will have to look into them.  I have had great success with the mirrodine, but I am always open to other options.
    #Lead beakerhead specialist 

    "Soul of the mind, key to life's ether. Soul of the lost, withdrawn from its vessel. Let strength be granted, so the world might be mended. So the world might be mended."
  • SpineymanSpineyman Destin, FlPosts: 8,377 Admiral
    My buddy who is third generation Pensacola native, had me try one in purple descent and it has not disappointed since. I have caught over a thousand fish on just that one lure. You will have to switch out hooks and rings though because they are actually a bass lure with thin wire hooks and big trout and any red destroys them. I switched to one size smaller owner rings and these hooks.  Both in size 6 and size 4. The bigger is better for hookups if it doesn't cause the lure to sink. If it does it messes with the suspend part.

    Mustad Standard Point KVD Elite Triple Grip 1X Treble Hooks Size #6 TG76-BN


    Kayak Rookie...and loving it.
    Fishing beautiful Destin / Ft Walton Beach area!

    II Chronicles 7:14
    if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.



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