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Every article I seem to read tells me that I should be using bleeding hooks. Has anyone used them with any success? I have tried them but they don't seem to make much difference. Maybe I am using the wrong technique? What about other colors than red? I have seen yellow and chartreuse.

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How long have you been using them?  I think they are a more of a summer type hook when fish are warmer and more aggressive.  I know people that started using them and wont use anything else.  Their name seems to suggest that fish think the other fish is bleeding and thats why they bite, but I saw some biologist on OLN fishing with it and he said it simulates a red gill flash more then blood. 
Anyways they way I would rig it if I was you would not be all hooks red, just the first one leave the tail one(s) your regular hook.  This to me would look more like a gill flash to a fish then having red all over the body. 
But with all new fishing inovations there is hype.
 

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I've got a Rapala suspending crank with the red treble hooks. Haven't used it yet, but wonder if it will make any difference.

Truthfully, I just bought it because it looked cool and the new color patterns along with texture seems convincing.
 

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I got a tackle box full of stuff that looks cool to me. Unfortunately the fish don't seem to agree. Lucky I am not a fish, I would bite on a spinning propeller, because it "looks cool".

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Dan said:
I got a tackle box full of stuff that looks cool to me.  Unfortunately the fish don't seem to agree.  Lucky I am not a fish, I would bite on a spinning propeller, because it "looks cool".

Dan
Hehe.. I know. When I shop for lures, I usually pick something that I'd eat if I were a fish. I'd probably be a stupid one too. Man, if I was really a fish, I'd be past the plate through the digestion and down into the waste management plant already!

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1eyeReD if you fish it and its not getting hits try switch up the pattern a little try only one red hook on the front and change the rear one.  If that dont work try making the rear one red only.  And dont just fish it once if it dont work try different conditions sunny, cloudy, rainy, windy, cold, warm ect.  
Dan I hear you on the kewl looking bait thing, I had some topwater baits (propellery ones) and never had a hit on them until I moved to NC and met a guy who knew how to fish them and showed me.  He also said that it was more of a locator lure and once you found them he switched to a spinnerbait and nailed them.  Also they are usually only effective and dawn and dusk for some reason.  
 

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ePiC said:
red gill flash more then blood. 
I was told the same thing. A dieing fish will take deep breaths flairing its gills and gill plates.

I use them and normal hooks as well as yellow hooks. I can't say for sure that they make a diffrence but ive seen pros on TV swear by them,

Who knows.

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I just saw a show the other day. They were using strike king blood series buzz baits & spinner baits. The fish were slamming them, and the guy swore by them. However, It was TV, and it wasn't Colorado, the show may have been sponsered by strike king,  :-\ Hmm. This probably isn't any help. Except, that they were adding a trailing red hook onto their stock lures, so I'm not sure about the gill thing?  
 

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I have always wondered about the red hooks. If you read the explination behind the cajun red fishing line, they say that red dissapears in 3 ft of water, so what about red hooks?
 

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I have always wondered about the red hooks.  If you read the explination behind the cajun red fishing line, they say that red dissapears in 3 ft of water, so what about red hooks?
Good Point!
 

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Well the red hooks are a metalic color and if there is any kind of light it should flash.  It makes the fish go OH SHINY! strangly I do the same thing, and it gets me in trouble at the club alot.
 

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I have always wondered about the red hooks. If you read the explination behind the cajun red fishing line, they say that red dissapears in 3 ft of water, so what about red hooks?
maybe in deeper water and dirtier water, they disappear from sight? Giving a more natural appearance to the lure or bait?


Epic, my wife goes "oh shiny" too. Unfortunately its not fishing equipment but jewelry that makes her say that. And people wonder why my boat is 25 years old and the motor is 30!

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Red disappears? I always thought red turns to black at depth?

I guess the hundreds of Salmon I have caught trolling in 25-30 feet deep on red Dick Nites had x-Ray vision ???
 

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Here's a kinda dated article about red hooks:

http://www.hunting-fishing-gear.com/article-display/898.html

After I read that article I switched out all my bronze hook jigs to red and they seem to catch fish OK. To find out if red actually works better you'd have to fish two jigs on the same line. On a similar note, one guy who fishes for salt water perch on the West Coast said that red glitter in his soft plastics was superior to other colors.
 
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