Originally posted by: rodrigo on 5/11/2006 1:38:56 PM
I haven't seen this one yet so I'll toss it out there. Sharpen your hooks with a small file, it should stick in your thumbnail at a 45* angle with very little pressure.
If your hook lays flat, bend the hook to the side, right or left, it doesn't make any difference, just don't let the hook lie flat.
Open your gap with pliers. For cats up to 5 pounds I like fishing with little wire crappie hooks that I completely modify with a set of pliers. I open the gap and bend the pointed end out.
Always leave the point to the barb completely exposed.
70% hook up is really good.
I hope this helps.