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Back to lure fishing

Posted: Mon Oct 05 2020 00:27
by Robert Woods
Hi, Have not been lure fishing for quite a few years as sold most of my stuff. Kept likes of 4" Big Hammer baits, mini jerkbaits including my DIY ones which I used on local bridgewater canal. Now we have moved to Lincolnshire last year I have hundreds of miles of drains to explore even got one back of bungalow. Any way been catching 1lb jacks & perch on small crank baits but they swallow lures and takes me ages to unhook them...!!! I did crimp barbs on trebles but can I take middle treble off just leaving tail one on...?

Re: Back to lure fishing

Posted: Mon Oct 05 2020 02:14
by giantlureguy
It probably wont affect the hookup ratio much on smaller lures so i wouldint worry about that.

One thing you should check is how it affects lure action, some lure swim fine with no belly treble, others become inbalanced due to the missing weight of the treble.

Another option could be replacing the treble with a single hook, something line the owner s55 ot s75.

Re: Back to lure fishing

Posted: Mon Oct 05 2020 20:56
by Oldskoolfool
Agree change to barbless lure singles there are a couple of types on the market.

Re: Back to lure fishing

Posted: Tue Oct 06 2020 11:25
by Steve Dennington
giantlureguy wrote:
It probably wont affect the hookup ratio much on smaller lures so i wouldint worry about that.

One thing you should check is how it affects lure action, some lure swim fine with no belly treble, others become inbalanced due to the missing weight of the treble.

Another option could be replacing the treble with a single hook, something line the owner s55 ot s75.
You can use tungsten putty on the empty split ring to replace ballast, or use a hook such as an Eagle Claw where the three points can be bent right into the shank without snapping.

Re: Back to lure fishing

Posted: Tue Oct 06 2020 11:29
by Steve Dennington
Robert Woods wrote:
Hi, Have not been lure fishing for quite a few years as sold most of my stuff. Kept likes of 4" Big Hammer baits, mini jerkbaits including my DIY ones which I used on local bridgewater canal. Now we have moved to Lincolnshire last year I have hundreds of miles of drains to explore even got one back of bungalow. Any way been catching 1lb jacks & perch on small crank baits but they swallow lures and takes me ages to unhook them...!!! I did crimp barbs on trebles but can I take middle treble off just leaving tail one on...?
Reducing the number of hooks does help a lot, and just a tail treble hooks up really well too. On the small lures I make, I have just one treble on the back and ballast accordingly.

Re: Back to lure fishing

Posted: Tue Oct 06 2020 13:43
by Mike J
To make unhooking easier attach the treble to the towing eye via length of trace wire.
Rig so the hook is midway between the lower eye and the tail eye and hold it inplace with a short section of light mono, copper wire or elastic band.
The system also stops the fish using the lure to lever itself off the hook.

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Re: Back to lure fishing

Posted: Sat Oct 17 2020 20:35
by Robert Woods
Had a walk along one of the drains today after cutting down what I carry again. I use a Wychwood trout bag for perch fishing mainly with soft rubber baits like 2" kopytos, small weedless worms and trying the new ned baits. Plus box of small crankbaits etc...lol But it is a pain to change lures. So what about something like this...https://predatortackle.co.uk/Luggage/Fr ... 020-Model/ . Cannot wear a waist bag as only 5ft 2" tall and have an old beer belly...lol.

Re: Back to lure fishing

Posted: Sun Oct 18 2020 11:02
by Mike J
Robert Woods wrote:
Had a walk along one of the drains today after cutting down what I carry again. I use a Wychwood trout bag for perch fishing mainly with soft rubber baits like 2" kopytos, small weedless worms and trying the new ned baits. Plus box of small crankbaits etc...lol But it is a pain to change lures. So what about something like this...https://predatortackle.co.uk/Luggage/Fr ... 020-Model/ . Cannot wear a waist bag as only 5ft 2" tall and have an old beer belly...lol.

Hi Rob,
Probably the best roaming angler in recent years was the late Derek Gibson, his wife modified the inside of his jacket to carry his lures.
An old camera bag is another shortcut, as is stashing short lures in cutdown milk containers and only attaching the hooks when ready to use.
Im still in the use one or two but carry +10 stages of reduction.

Have a good season and please take extra care of you and yours.

Mike.

Re: Back to lure fishing

Posted: Sun Oct 18 2020 11:40
by Robert Woods
Mike, my first fishing bag was a WW2 gas mask bag "borrowed" off my Father, even had place for forceps. Take care mucker.

Re: Back to lure fishing

Posted: Sun Oct 18 2020 17:47
by Mark Phillips
Robert Woods wrote:
Hi, Have not been lure fishing for quite a few years as sold most of my stuff. Kept likes of 4" Big Hammer baits, mini jerkbaits including my DIY ones which I used on local bridgewater canal. Now we have moved to Lincolnshire last year I have hundreds of miles of drains to explore even got one back of bungalow. Any way been catching 1lb jacks & perch on small crank baits but they swallow lures and takes me ages to unhook them...!!! I did crimp barbs on trebles but can I take middle treble off just leaving tail one on...?
I'd never recommend any kind of single hook on a hard bodied lure. Far better to either remove hooks or to keep the trebles where they are and use a finer gauge wire with barbs slightly crushed. Gamakatsu trebles are perfect for that and the finer wire makes unhooking a lot easier in my experience. Glad you're back having fun with the lures!