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Old 05-16-2006, 08:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How does everybody hook their minnows/shiners? On a bobber for crappie, I've always hooked through the eyes--great swimming action but they don't last long. On a slip rig, I hook them through the back. Thoughts?
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On a bobber for crappie, I've always hooked through the eyes--great swimming action but they don't last long.
I prefer to put the hook into their mouth, then up through the front of the head. That's not where their brain is, it's all pretty much bone and cartilage there, so they live and swim a long time on the hook.

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Old 05-16-2006, 08:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I always hook them through the mouth.
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i go fishing with da teacher all the time. i always hook my minnows through the lips and they die before his, and he hooks them through the eyes?
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They can't breathe, if your hook is holding their mouth shut.

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then where do i hook them through?
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Only through the upper lip, see my other post above.

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Depends how I am fishing them:

If I want a live presentation I will hook them threw the bottom of the jaw and out the top of the head.
If I want a dead presentation I hook them threw the middle of their body under their backbone.
If I am using a jig head I hook them threw the eyesockets (keeps them on the hook longer for distance casting).



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Ive always hooked them through the mouth and out the nose.


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I always hook them just in front of their tail fins. They still wiggle quite a bit, but they do die quickly on occasion. I've never really tried through the lip. Anyone have any suggestions / tips on why this would not be a good practice. Does a hook through the lip work better or the same then through the tail?
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