Colt sniper hooks strong enough for yellowtail?

Ghecs13

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I have 80g and 100g colt snipers, going on an overnight to SCI and don’t know if I should swap out stock hooks and rings(already have owner size 6 split rings). Working till 7 pm every day up until the trip so will be difficult to hit tackle store before I go but if I need it will try to make time. TIA
 
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Drew Stephens

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Not sure about yellowtail. All I know is the first time I used coltsnipers I went 2 for 7 on 25ish class tuna and they bent the stock hooks crazy. Thats why I lost so many. Immediately switched out all hooks when I got back
 
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hucklongfin

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The stock hooks/rings are weak for YT/Tuna. Switch to Owner Stinger Trebles and hyper wire split rings... bigger than 6’s. I have 100gm snipers with 5/0 stingers with #10 split rings for dropping for BFT.
 
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hucklongfin

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If you really want to catch a YT at SCI with a lure, put the coltsniper down and tie on a surface iron or a heavy jig. I would not tie on a coltsniper as my go to YT lure.
Absolutely! Salas 6xJr or 6x for yoyo, Tady 45 for surface are a good place to start. 6xJr for shallower or little current, 6x for deeper or current. JRI 6 and 66 are my favorites. The 6 is the size of the 6xJr but the weight of the 6x, 66 is the size of the 6x but heavier due to being brass rather than zinc/pot metal/whatever 6xJr/6x are cast from.
 

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Salas 7X is your friend for yellowtail. Learn to throw and swim that jig on the surface. Be able to target puddling fish.

A lot of these fish bit the surface iron on the Farnsworth bank behind Catalina. Very exciting way to catch them on the long rod.

This was aboard the Pacific Quest in May many years ago.


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Absolutely! Salas 6xJr or 6x for yoyo, Tady 45 for surface are a good place to start. 6xJr for shallower or little current, 6x for deeper or current. JRI 6 and 66 are my favorites. The 6 is the size of the 6xJr but the weight of the 6x, 66 is the size of the 6x but heavier due to being brass rather than zinc/pot metal/whatever 6xJr/6x are cast from.

Beat me mostly to it LOL
 
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Personally. I would never change out stock hooks on a salad 7x, 6x or 6xjr. Unless I was converting the jig to big tuna ready and not yellows
 
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Just watch out for adding a rear hook that is too heavy to swim slow for a slow kick on the surface. Without the rear end bogging and dragging lame with little lateral tickling.

I learned that after ringing one size too big with owner trebles.

Most bad ass jig fisherman. Use the same few irons until lost. Not a tray full.

Go on any bad ass SD boat. And you will see good jigs hanging in the galley or in back of the house
 
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Ghecs13

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Just watch out for adding a rear hook that is too heavy to swim slow. Without the rear end bogging and dragging lame with little lateral tickling

I learned that after ringing one size too big with owner trebles.

Most bad ass jig fisherman. Use the same few irons until lost. Not a tray full.

Go on any bad ass SD boat. And you will see good jigs hanging in the galley or in back of the house
Agreed good swimmers are a pain to find but all the jigs in my bag are swimmers I take them out and test them if they don’t swim right it’s usually cause of my retrieve but I still take them out of my bag and put them on display at my shop. I don’t swap the hooks on my irons.
 
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Other than for smaller inshore species, stock hooks on sniper-type jigs need to be upgraded.
As noted, trebles should be changed to Owner ST-66 stingers, one size larger than whatever the stock size is.
In some cases, single hooks like Owner Aki Twist, or even Twin Dancing Stingers.
Upgrade the rings to at least one size bigger than stock, or in some cases two sizes bigger, but if you go too big on the rings, you may restrict the free movement of the ring inside the lure's loop.
I like these Gomame Jigs when the tuna are on this pattern; here are examples of 100gr [3.5 ounce] down to 35 gr. [1.2 ounce].

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    Other than for smaller inshore species, stock hooks on sniper-type jigs need to be upgraded.
    As noted, trebles should be changed to Owner ST-66 stingers, one size larger than whatever the stock size is.
    In some cases, single hooks like Owner Aki Twist, or even Twin Dancing Stingers.
    Upgrade the rings to at least one size bigger than stock, or in some cases two sizes bigger, but if you go too big on the rings, you may restrict the free movement of the ring inside the lure's loop.
    I like these Gomame Jigs when the tuna are on this pattern; here are examples of 100gr [3.5 ounce] down to 35 gr. [1.2 ounce].

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    Is the solid ring in front for action, wear reduction, or...? I have several of these Gomames ready for action. Wondering if there’s something to the double front.
     
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    Is the solid ring in front for action, wear reduction, or...? I have several of these Gomames ready for action. Wondering if there’s something to the double front.


    For me at least, I never like tying onto a split ring, and also don't really like tying to the lure's front loop.
    The origin is definitely "wear reduction", but in recent years I feel like the increased freedom of action has to help at least a little.
     
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    Swap all of them out to either Owner ST-66 or Owner Zo Wire Inline hooks. I have all of my colt snipers on inline hooks now.
     
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