Just bought my first four Alvin's. Should I put different hooks on these or leave them the heck alone. :whazzup: Do you put treble hooks on these or fish them as is ? Any hot tips on modifying these would be appreciated.
I'm with K9jeff, but only one minor difference. I use one split ring that is the same size as the ring on the Alvin, then add one more that is about 1/2 the size as the other, and then a 2/0 Owner treble hook. My fish to boat ratio climbed noticebly. Main thing to remember wether you change things or not is that there is no substitute for sharp (and I mean sharp) hooks.
One test for a sharp hook is that it is sharp enough to hook your finger nail when you rub the hook on your finger nail. It should hook with very small pressure. A sharp hook will always catch more fish.
I'm with 5-Cents, I don't trust the hooks that come with the lures and always change them out! I usually put on an extra split ring and then a 6/0 or 7/0 Gami siwash hook. I've never used trebbles before on alvins though.
I always replace my hooks. For Alvins I use 1/0 Owner Cutting Points with one extra large split ring or 7/0 Gami Siwash. I like having both because I think the trebble give a little different action over the Siwash. If I am not getting bit with one I switch over to the other and a lot of times that works!
thanks everybody..lot's of good stuff in here. I think I'll take nickel's advice and do a couple of each. It makes sense that a treble hook would prevent spin-out in high current and a single hook with an extra split ring would be more streamlined. I wasn't too impressed with the mustad hooks these came with so I'll definitely pay the extra bucks for owner hooks, they seem to have the greatest success rate and I'll use and extra split ring. The treble hooks will be put on with split rings and spinners.
So does anyone ever put luhr tape on these ? I imagine you could get pretty creative with these things. Anyone, want to show off there homemade bombshell alvin ? :shocked: