On December 25, 2014, John writes: "Hi Mark. Merry Christmas to you and your family. The last few years I've enjoyed making my own harnesses . Have you ever tried circle hooks so you don't hook the smaller ones so deep? If so what size ?"
It seems obvious that using a circle hook would work well for certain live bait fishing applications like fishing crawler harnesses for walleye. Actually, I find that circle hooks do not function well for walleye live bait fishing applications.
Walleye routinely bite so light that they don’t get “hooked” on the initial strike. Walleye also have the unnerving habit of sucking in a bait, only to blow it back out almost instantly. When using traditional “beak” style live bait hooks that have an
exposed hook point, there is a better chance the hook will prick the tissue on the inside of the fish’s mouth. If the hook pricks the tissue when the fish turns and runs away it will essentially be setting the hook deeper into it’s mouth.
|Note the large No. 2 beak hooks used by Jake Romanack to catch this |
Saginaw Bay walleye. Big hooks help in hooking and holding more walleye.
Red hooks like these are also a favorite of both Jake and Mark.