One of the worst feelings you can have is reeling in a bait that has been “short struck” or cut off just behind the hook. I can’t tell you how many times the stinger hook has saved the day when it comes to trolling, bottom fishing and light lining. It is as easy as being able to snell fluorocarbon and even seven strand cable in some cases for critters with teeth. Whatever you are fishing for, make no mistake about it’—sometimes a stinger hook will be the difference between taking a photo with a grin on you face with the trophy of a lifetime, or cussing like a sailor.
Take a few minutes to watch a couple of detailed videos on our website on how to snell and/or crimp some stinger hooks on some common trolling and bottom fishing tackles. For the two tackles shown below, use these few simple steps to increase the hook-up ratio in your day-to-day fishing using live and/or dead bait with either “J” hooks or circle hooks.
Note: The two tackles shown in the photo are saltwater versions, however, this same tackle works well in freshwater
Snell the rear hook onto fluorocarbon using five or six wraps in a snell.
Based on the length of the bait to be used, and the hook placement in the bait, determine the distance between the hooks.
Hold the front hook and the fluorocarbon together, and make the same five or six wraps to (forward) snell the hook. This (forward) wrapped snell retains the exact distance between the two hooks.
For a detailed (close-up) look at the backward and forward snells to make these double tackles, check out the website, click on “video” on the home page, go to the “How- To” section and check out the “Snelled Double Tackle” video. I think you will smile for the camera more than cuss when you get this incorporated into your trolling and bottom fishing tackles.
Capt. Tim Barefoot can be reached at www.barefootfishing.net