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Old 09-19-2021, 02:02 PM
FinmanPoozie FinmanPoozie is offline
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Default Hook file suggestions?

I need to replace my hook file. Ideally I'm looking for something that'll go from small trebles to 7/0 hooks. Mine is showing its age.

Do any stand out or are they pretty much a wash overall & just pick 1, and keep moving

Happy fishing!!
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Old 09-19-2021, 03:16 PM
Huntindave Huntindave is offline
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For anything but extra fine hooks;

For ice jigs and fine hooks;
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Old 09-20-2021, 08:17 AM
REW REW is offline
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This is the one and only sharpener that I use.

They will wear out from time to time, so I generally keep several on the boat. If I have guests on board, I lend one to each of them and suggest that they are responsible for keeping their hooks sharp. Of course I collect the sharpeners before they leave the boat for any future folks.

Put the cover on them, and put them in your pocket so they are always handy.
They are flat on one size and have a groove on the other side. Generally three strokes to create a cutting edge at a time such that you create a three sided chisel cutting surface on the ends of the hooks and they hook and keep the fish on very well.

i.e. you always file away from the point. file one edge, rotate the hook, 1/3rd of a rotation, file the 2nd edge, and rotate the hook 1/3rd to file the third edge. Now the hook cuts on the point as well as each of the three cutting edges on the hook. Easy and simple - once a person has done a few.

This includes every hook point on a treble hook and every hook on every lure that you are using.

Dull hook and lost fish.


Or, if you don't want to take the time to create the three sided edge on the hook, just sharpen the outside accessible edge of the hook with 3 strokes, always filing away from the point.. i.e. when the file is moving across the hook, the point of the hook is always moving away from the file. If you move the hook toward the file, one quickly cuts off the tip of the hook and then continually makes the hook shorter and shorter.

Always do a final test and pull the hook across a finger or thumb nail. If the hook simply slides on the nail, it is not sharp. If the hook always digs into the nail and stops, the hook is sharp - go use it.

Best wishes.
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