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  1. #11
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    Default Re: New to fishing with kids

    Quote Originally Posted by nbuuifx View Post
    @bracket - you say you can keep the hook if it looks ok - how do you know? Are you looking at the line or the hook itself
    Both really. If the line is not knotted or kinked, it will be OK. Hooks that have only take a few fish will be useable. The true test for small hooks, like the 22s you use, is to be able to nick a maggot on without bursting it. If you can't do that the hook is blunt, regardless of how well it sticks into you finger. Pete
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  2. #12
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    Default Re: New to fishing with kids

    Quote Originally Posted by bracket View Post
    Both really. If the line is not knotted or kinked, it will be OK. Hooks that have only take a few fish will be useable. The true test for small hooks, like the 22s you use, is to be able to nick a maggot on without bursting it. If you can't do that the hook is blunt, regardless of how well it sticks into you finger. Pete
    Ah, makes sense, they must have been getting a bit blunt as the maggots were bursting on them towards the end of the last session (we went over three days - so I thought the maggots were just getting old by the third day!) They still seemed to work - is it less desirable for the maggot to burst?

  3. #13
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    Default Re: New to fishing with kids

    If the hook bursts the maggot it means it's not as sharp as it should be. This means you won't hit as many bites as you start to "bump fish off", in the angling parlance.

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