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Jun 8, 2021 10:26:36   #
FS Digest
 
I heard about people using red hooks on lures to make them pop but I was wondering about bait fishing with worms, shiners and mummichogs, should I use dark hooks or is it ok to use red hooks? I'm looking at a good deal on some hooks that I want to use for bait fishing but the black ones are more expensive than the red ones. Will they work good? Thanks :)

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Jun 8, 2021 12:20:29   #
Robert J Samples Loc: Houston TX
 
Hello catanddoglover22: I really don't think the hook color makes much difference. There are many other factors that play a bigger difference than that. Just Sayin...RJS

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Jun 8, 2021 12:28:18   #
Flytier Loc: Wilmington Delaware
 
I agree with Robert. Usually a bait will cover the hook so the fish wouldn't even see it. I know some feel the red color is less visible under water, but I haven't noticed any difference.

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Jun 8, 2021 13:16:24   #
flyguy Loc: So. Padre Island, TX. 1 & 2, & S.E. MN. 3-12
 
Flytier wrote:
I agree with Robert. Usually a bait will cover the hook so the fish wouldn't even see it. I know some feel the red color is less visible under water, but I haven't noticed any difference.


If the red color is less visible underwater, Fly, why don't we use it when we tie flies?

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Jun 8, 2021 14:48:26   #
OJdidit Loc: Oak Creek Wisconsin
 
[quote=flyguy]If the red color is less visible underwater, Fly, why don't we use it when we tie flies?[/quote

I don’t think I have ever seen tiny red ones.
There goes my early retirement idea…🤦🏼‍♂️

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Jun 8, 2021 17:18:13   #
Flytier Loc: Wilmington Delaware
 
[quote=OJdidit][quote=flyguy]If the red color is less visible underwater, Fly, why don't we use it when we tie flies?[/quote

I don’t think I have ever seen tiny red ones.
There goes my early retirement idea…🤦🏼‍♂️[/quote]

I really don't know if the red color makes them less visible. I do know some animals can't see red light. Thats why we used a red filter on our flashlights to hunt nightcrawlers.

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Jun 8, 2021 19:46:48   #
Sinker Rig Loc: Tampa area
 
I know for sure gold hooks attract Spanish Mackerel, millions have been caught on bare Sabiki Rigs and Gotcha plugs

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Jun 8, 2021 20:17:51   #
Fredfish Loc: Prospect CT.
 
The theory behind red hooks is supposed to imitate bleeding bait. There's even hardbaits out there with blood painted on them. Several hook companies are selling red trebles called Bleeding Bait Hooks. I believe Rapala has crankbaits with a red treble for the belly hook.
I think Saw uses a Bleeding Rattle Trap, to catch Stripers.

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Jun 8, 2021 21:12:42   #
Sinker Rig Loc: Tampa area
 
Red hooks to me are just another gimmick, if the fish are there they will usually bite regardless of hook color. Me, I'm not sitting on one area waiting for something to show up, I'm moving

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Jun 9, 2021 08:59:47   #
OldBassGuy Loc: Temecula, CA
 
Flytier wrote:
I really don't know if the red color makes them less visible. I do know some animals can't see red light. Thats why we used a red filter on our flashlights to hunt nightcrawlers.


Ran into a guy coming off the lake a couple of weeks ago and I asked him how he did. He opened up his well and he and his buddy had caught 50 (max allowed) bluegill. Asked him what he used and he told me night crawlers and showed me the hook he use and gave me a couple. Was a small double curved red hook. So, yes they work.

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Jun 9, 2021 09:35:17   #
Papa Jack Loc: Indianapolis
 
I have a buddy that will use red hooks only. He will swear you will catch more fish. However I was his canoe partner in Minnesota last year. He used red hooks I did not. I caught more fish and larger fish than he. I don’t think the hook color had anything to do with it As someone else always says Just saying

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Jun 9, 2021 09:45:13   #
OldBassGuy Loc: Temecula, CA
 
Did try my first red hook a couple of days ago and did catch a couple. More than my others.......not really. So, in conclusion, fish the hook that works better for YOU!

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Jun 9, 2021 12:15:32   #
bapabear Loc: Blaine, Washington
 
Flytier wrote:
I really don't know if the red color makes them less visible. I do know some animals can't see red light. Thats why we used a red filter on our flashlights to hunt nightcrawlers.


Wow, I never thought about a red filter. I just tried to keep the flashlight indirect. Lost a lot of crawlers while moving in for the kill. Thanks.

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Jun 9, 2021 13:28:46   #
Justoldjim Loc: JUNCTION CITY, OR.
 
bapabear wrote:
Wow, I never thought about a red filter. I just tried to keep the flashlight indirect. Lost a lot of crawlers while moving in for the kill. Thanks.

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Jun 9, 2021 14:29:14   #
DCGravity Loc: Fairfax, VA
 
I too bought into the bleeding/wounded baitfish theory and changed out a lot of my crankbait and jerkbait trebles with red ones. This article https://www.technologicalangler.com/bass-color-vision seems to support this idea, at least for bass.

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