WAHOO HOOKS FOR BAIT LEADERS

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I bought titanium leaders pre rigged from trophy tackle that have regular bait hooks. They worked well, I got bit more than most people on the boat. At $3 each they are a great value. The only knock on them was the tag end is not doubled back into the crimp so the deck hands got poked a time or two. Here is a link to them

 
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Tuna-Sniper

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cheaper and much easier buy the pre rigged wahoo hook/titanium at the landings in SD. No circle hooks.
 
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Tim Turis

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I use J hooks for wahoo bait fishing.

I really like the Mustad 92677 because they’re offset. The offset increases the chance of snagging a wahoo which happens because of the way wahoo attack their prey. The 92677s are strong and inexpensive; no need for fancy designer hooks for wahoo bait fishing.

Sizes are #4, 2, 1/0, and 3/0. I’ve caught plenty of wahoo on #4 92677 and 27# single strand wire; especially while on the anchor.

Only my opinions and I hope that this helps.
 
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Do you use bait hooks or circle hooks for your Wahoo bait leaders? What sizes do you make?
We used Knot-2-Kinky wire leader last time, with 2/0 bait hooks. I really liked the leader, you could actually get it back completely straight and ready to go. I looked at getting some of those pre-rigged mentioned above, and probably will for this year's trip, they're pretty cheap. However, since my trips are later in the year, I figured the fish have been hammered pretty hard, so a lighter wire leader would be more effective. Wish they had them in different sizes.
I did a bunch of searching through this forum for wahoo tips, and do remember one person who used circle hooks. Don't recall his reasoning, but he seemed to do well with them.
 
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nicodemus

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And after just reading Tim's post above, I think I'll snag some of those Mustad 92677's!
 
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I was new to wahoo fishing this past year, but I pre-made my own bait leaders before our October 8 day trip on the AA. Got lots of help from friends and by reading through the BD forums. I did several sizes using Knot 2 Kinky titanium wire (35, 45, and 55 pounds) and crimping 1/O, 2/O and 3/O Owner Gorilla hooks; about 14 to 16 inches each. All crimps and swivels were black.
Wahoo was a bucket list fish for me and I'm happy to say I was able to cross that one off my list; one on bait and one on a bomb. I also lost several others due to technical issues and being bit off.

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Tom Honaker

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Do you use bait hooks or circle hooks for your Wahoo bait leaders? What sizes do you make?
I like owner offshore hooks, I use them from a size 1 for 27# single strand wire, for a stealth presentation while fishing sardines,
Do you use bait hooks or circle hooks for your Wahoo bait leaders? What sizes do you make?
I like owner offshore hooks, from a stealth presentation of 27# single strand wire with a #1 hook flylineing sardines with 25# line, to live Mackeral, and a 10/0 hook and 60# line! The owner offshore hook is a great wahoo hook in my opinion for fishing bait. I've had great success with them! But for me, I'd rather catch 2 wahoo on jigs, than 10 on bait! But single strand wire, and light line on bait leaders is a great way to put a few in your gunny sack!! Just remember to back your drag down! Tight drags on bait leaders is a recipe for failure!
 
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Mustad 3407 1/0 chained up like this and tied or crimped to 60 or 80lb fluoro. You can go 40 if you are brave.
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Easy to do if you know how. Put the eye of one hook onto the point of another and turn it tiil the barb is facing the gap created when closing the eye of the hook. Then place the hook point with the eye of the other hook around it into a hard gap or a narrow ledge and push down until it stops. Give it a nice whack and it will go right in.

I have caught hundreds of wahoo and kingfish on live bait with 3 chained hooks and fluoro without any bite offs. I usually get more bites than other guys on the boat as well.
 
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    I buy the pre-made wahoo leaders in the lightest wire available from either Ken or at the landing before a trip. Cheap and Good for one fish. I used to make my own with wire and a haywire twist but this is easier. I spend most of my trips throwing a 6x for them.

    I will say the 2 times I’ve caught a wahoo on a straight tied hook was with a circle hook and a butt hooked sardine. Perfect hook set. When I fish bait with wire I always butt hook the bait and it seems to work really well
     
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    nicodemus

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    Mustad 3407 1/0 chained up like this and tied or crimped to 60 or 80lb fluoro. You can go 40 if you are brave.
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    Easy to do if you know how. Put the eye of one hook onto the point of another and turn it tiil the barb is facing the gap created when closing the eye of the hook. Then place the hook point with the eye of the other hook around it into a hard gap or a narrow ledge and push down until it stops. Give it a nice whack and it will go right in.

    I have caught hundreds of wahoo and kingfish on live bait with 3 chained hooks and fluoro without any bite offs. I usually get more bites than other guys on the boat as well.
    Which hook gets the bait?
     
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    Texas Tuna

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    Last 2. One in the nose and one in the belly. Or, you can put on an additional treble hook and nose hook from the last single and leave a treble for the side or belly area.
     
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    Mustad 3407 1/0 chained up like this and tied or crimped to 60 or 80lb fluoro. You can go 40 if you are brave.
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    Easy to do if you know how. Put the eye of one hook onto the point of another and turn it tiil the barb is facing the gap created when closing the eye of the hook. Then place the hook point with the eye of the other hook around it into a hard gap or a narrow ledge and push down until it stops. Give it a nice whack and it will go right in.

    I have caught hundreds of wahoo and kingfish on live bait with 3 chained hooks and fluoro without any bite offs. I usually get more bites than other guys on the boat as well.
    Have you ever used this technique on the west coast on LR trips?
     
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    Yellowtail Dan

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    Mustad 3407 1/0 chained up like this and tied or crimped to 60 or 80lb fluoro. You can go 40 if you are brave.
    View attachment 1243147

    Easy to do if you know how. Put the eye of one hook onto the point of another and turn it tiil the barb is facing the gap created when closing the eye of the hook. Then place the hook point with the eye of the other hook around it into a hard gap or a narrow ledge and push down until it stops. Give it a nice whack and it will go right in.

    I have caught hundreds of wahoo and kingfish on live bait with 3 chained hooks and fluoro without any bite offs. I usually get more bites than other guys on the boat as well.

    I used this set up to catch Kings in the Gulf. It works food for them
     
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    I'm the heretic in the crowd. I typically use circle hooks, and I've done well with them. I use whatever I have in 1/0, 2/0, or 3/0. Owner Mutus (NOT Super Mutus) have been effective, but I think my hook of choice would probably be a 2/0 Trokar 619i.

    My leader of choice is Knot-2-Kinky 35lb, and I only use about 18".

    NOTE: Most anglers will tell you that what I have just recommended is exactly the wrong way to do it. A lot of very experienced anglers prefer (with good reason) a kirbed (offset) J-hook, because that is the "stickiest" possibility, and I respect that. I actually prefer an inline circle hook, because I just about always end up hooking the wahoo in the corner of the jaw, and that has been the most successful approach for me. Your mileage may vary.

    EDIT: I explained in more detail what I do and why I do it in the following thread:


    It started what seemed to be a pretty thorough discussion, for those who are looking for more on the subject.

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    Texas Tuna

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    Have you ever used this technique on the west coast on LR trips?

    Out of Hawaii and Baja. Never on a trip from a long range fleet boat though. Both times I found myself out of wire leaders but dug up a rusty 3 hook rig from a crack in my bag. Tied it straight to my mono and let it swim out.
     
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    Statistico

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    I’ve used the Mustad 94151 hooks on ss wire where the damned leader comes back spiraled and fucked up. Makes it easy to toss the leader less removing the ss ring. I’ve had some seriously bent with fish mysteriously lost. As of now, I use Trokar J hooks in 2/0 and 3/0 sizes and use titanium wire. The Trokar hooks are stealth for their size.
     
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    I use J hooks for wahoo bait fishing.

    I really like the Mustad 92677 because they’re offset. The offset increases the chance of snagging a wahoo which happens because of the way wahoo attack their prey. The 92677s are strong and inexpensive; no need for fancy designer hooks for wahoo bait fishing.

    Sizes are #4, 2, 1/0, and 3/0. I’ve caught plenty of wahoo on #4 92677 and 27# single strand wire; especially while on the anchor.

    Only my opinions and I hope that this helps.
    I really listen to Tim Turis when it comes to Wahoo fishing. He is the EXPERT !!!!
     
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    I use J hooks for wahoo bait fishing.

    I really like the Mustad 92677 because they’re offset. The offset increases the chance of snagging a wahoo which happens because of the way wahoo attack their prey. The 92677s are strong and inexpensive; no need for fancy designer hooks for wahoo bait fishing.

    Sizes are #4, 2, 1/0, and 3/0. I’ve caught plenty of wahoo on #4 92677 and 27# single strand wire; especially while on the anchor.

    Only my opinions and I hope that this helps.
    What? You fish bait? I’m finding disillusionment setting in. I was high stick on my last trip... no bait was harmed Wahoo fishing. I thought I was channeling my inner Turd!
     
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    I'm the heretic in the crowd. I typically use circle hooks, and I've done well with them. I use whatever I have in 1/0, 2/0, or 3/0. Owner Mutus (NOT Super Mutus) have been effective, but I think my hook of choice would probably be a 2/0 Trokar 619i.

    My leader of choice is Knot-2-Kinky 35lb. and I only use about 18".

    NOTE: Most anglers will tell you that what I have just recommended is exactly the wrong way to do it. A lot of very experienced anglers prefer (with good reason) a kirbed (offset) J-hook, because that is the "stickiest" possibility, and I respect that. I actually prefer an inline circle hook, because I just about always end up hooking the wahoo in the corner of the jaw, and that has been the most successful approach for me. Your mileage may vary
    You, as usual, have presented some good points. Might also want to ask how many guys have caught wahoo while fishing for tuna with a mono/fluoro leader and a circle hook?
     
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    A well known and experienced angler showed me his leaders, he uses ringed J-hooks. He says it's the only time he ever uses ringed hooks. His concern is the narrow diameter wire slipping into the hook eye gap. Makes sense so of course I copied him.
     
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    How do you hook a live bait on the 3 hooks setup?
    I only know it from dead bait fishing in Florida for kingfish.
     
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    Use the last 2 hooks. Put one in the nose and then skin hook the last one in the belly or side area. You can also add a treble at the end and nose hook one and skin hook the treble.
     
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