One of the best ways to lose that slab panfish or monster walleye or northern that’s hanging from your tip-up is to use dull hooks.
Sharp hooks are especially important when ice fishing because such a light line is used that the hook set can’t be too aggressive.
Set the hook too hard and the line will snap.
With ultra-sharp panfish jig hooks, one needs only set the hook lightly to spear the tip into the fish’s mouth.
Very important when fishing for slab bluegill and crappie!
The same holds true when tip-up fishing with treble or circle style hooks used with large minnows, shad or smelt when northern or walleye fishing.
Hook sharpening is a very important skill to master in order to fish successfully. A well crafted, and sharpened hook can make the difference between catching the fish you want and a fish you don’t want. Sharp hooks are essential for successful fishing.
Sharpening your hook is easy when you use the right tools. Using a good pair of hook sharpening scissors is a great first step. The first thing you want to try doing is to test the size of the hooks hook. If you find that the book you have is too small you will need to try to make some slight adjustments to make it bigger.
Once you have found the right tools to use you will need to know how much pressure you need to apply. The best tool to use for this is a soft bristle brush. Using this type of bristle brush will prevent the sharp ends of the teeth from getting into the skin of the fish you are trying to catch. When you are working with soft bristles be careful not to use too much pressure on the brush. You may end up causing more damage than good.
Another tip is to take the time to make sure the hook’s eye is pointing right at the fish you are trying to catch. Having the hook pointing the right way will help you avoid hook bites. Remember that even though you are using the correct tools for sharpening the hook, you can’t guarantee that your book will not get stuck in the fish. That’s why you should always check your hook on a regular basis. You should also be able to get your book back on the fish if you need to.
If you happen to have a really dull hook then you may need to go through your hook sharpening supplies a few times before you are able to effectively sharpen it. If you’re a beginner then you may want to start off by using a blunt-tipped pair of hook sharpening pliers. These types of pliers will usually be sharp enough to get the job done but if they aren’t then you can always move onto a sharpener like a bristle brush or a hook sharpener.
Once you have learned to use the right tools, you will find that a good quality pair of hook sharpener can easily provide you with the sharpness that you need. You may find that after a while you will need to sharpen your hook several times in a row or even multiple times each day depending on the type of fish you are fishing for. You also need to be sure to use good oil to protect the edges of the hook from the elements.
Once you’ve gotten the hang of using your new pair of sharpeners you will soon find that they are easy to use and you will enjoy every minute of it. You will find that it is easier to maintain your hook. With your sharpener on you won’t have to worry about scratching the lines every time you pull it on. You will also find that there is less chance that your line will cut yourself.
Always remember that sharpening your hook should be a part of any angling equipment that you own. Once you are comfortable with your book you will find that you can use your sharpener for many years and you will find that you never have to sharpen your hook again.
It is important to make sure that you take care of your sharpener. Even though it is designed to be durable and strong, it still needs to be taken care of because it is much more prone to damage than most of the other equipment that you use. If you are worried about taking care of your sharpener to make sure that you follow the directions carefully to avoid damaging it.
A good rule of thumb is to treat your sharpener like you would your fishing vest. Make sure that you clean it out regularly and make sure that it is in tip-top condition. When you are storing your sharpener you should never leave it in the water.
The best thing that you can do is to get a bag that you can use as a sink for your sharpener. This way you will have it safe and dry whenever you need to.