Porgie Hooks

Leprechaun

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For big Peconic "Spring Spawner" porgies a #2 or even #1 "Eagle Claw Beak"-type hook is what is usually recommended by Captain's out there in the know. I like the gold plated versions, but I can't say if that much matters. Smaller fish call for smaller hooks, naturally.
 

Chinacat

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John-
I use # 2 baitholders
Simple double dropper loop with bank sinker on bottom.
They can easily grab #4 baitholders too as I use those while targeting seabass on the reef and catch many porgies as "by-catch"
 

Leprechaun

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Mitch - don't you find #4 hooks a bit small for sea bass? I use 3/0 and 4/0 for biscuits, as smaller hooks seem to pull out during a typical sea bass bouncy fight.
 
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Chinacat

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Mitch - don't you find #4 hooks a bit small for sea bass? I use 3/0 and 4/0 for biscuits, as smaller hooks seem to pull out during a typical sea bass bouncy fight.
Oops. My bad. I had brain freeze thinking about the frozen margarita's I'm about to whip up for cinco de mayo LOL
I use 4/0 baitholders, not #4's for sea bass
2/0's for porgies or #1's
Sorry....
 
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All good! And speaking of the food of the day - "Lep’s Cinco de Mayo" Pork Chop made w/diced Jalapeno, tomato, cumin, cilantro, pinch of chili powder, s&p. Portobello mushrooms, and broc rabe. Italy meets Mexico tonite. Ran out of Dos Equis, so subbed the local stuff. Best I could do on short notice. Delish is an understatement!

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Chinacat

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John & Mitch,
I would take Lep's advice, especially since he does join me for a Peconic Scup trip each spring. The #1 gold beak Eagle Claw hook is the one to use. Anything smaller can easily bend out on some of the 3#+ Scup we catch in the spring and there is no doubt smaller sizes would be a challenge with any bisquits you encounter.
 
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Chinacat

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John & Mitch,
I would take Lep's advice, especially since he does join me for a Peconic Scup trip each spring. The #1 gold beak Eagle Claw hook is the one to use. Anything smaller can easily bend out on some of the 3#+ Scup we catch in the spring and there is no doubt smaller sizes would be a challenge with any bisquits you encounter.
Thanks Capt Mike!!
I'm officially a year older today so i guess I'm losing some mental capacities LOL. :eek:😎
I went into the garage and looked at all my gear and confirmed I am indeed using #1's on my porgy rigs.
 

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John & Mitch,
I would take Lep's advice, especially since he does join me for a Peconic Scup trip each spring. The #1 gold beak Eagle Claw hook is the one to use. Anything smaller can easily bend out on some of the 3#+ Scup we catch in the spring and there is no doubt smaller sizes would be a challenge with any bisquits you encounter.
Always willing to take Lep's advice & direction. I may be looking in the wrong places, but the #1 gold beak Eagle Claw, so far, isn't an easy hook to find, they don't even show up on the Eagle Claw web site. Until I stumble across them, just ordered some #1 Gamakatsu bait holders. Thanks all for the reply.
John
 
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movetheboat

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Here's some small tins I made up that I will drop on porgys...tip the #1 hook with worm or clam. I bought these cheap on FFO and took off stuff I didn't want (trebles etc) and added my split rings/hooks
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CaptFP

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I usually use a 1/0 gami octopus to weed out the smaller fish. I only take scup that I caan get a decent fillet because the wife and kids don't like bones. Yesterday I used #1 Mustad 3407bln Ultra Point with a 2 hook high low. Water still cold and nasty day they bit like flounder.
Not a fan of gold bait holders they break too often
 
I usually use a 1/0 gami octopus to weed out the smaller fish. I only take scup that I caan get a decent fillet because the wife and kids don't like bones. Yesterday I used #1 Mustad 3407bln Ultra Point with a 2 hook high low. Water still cold and nasty day they bit like flounder.
Not a fan of gold bait holders they break too often
CaptFP, I agree the smaller size Gold Beak hooks can not only bend but break as well. Never had that happen to a #1 or larger.
 

CaptFP

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Mike- Ya your right the #1 baitholders are better than the smaller sizes, but we go through a a couple thousand hooks a season and on the whole the gold hooks break more often. They are cheaper though. I would hate to be the guy sucking the cheeks out of a whole fried porgy and get half a hook buried in my tongue
 
"A couple of thousand hooks a season" sounds like your operation is much larger than mine. With that size sample I'm sure you have experienced some breakage. No doubt the Gold Beak hooks are a bit more fragile than say a standard Mustad or Gami's.

Although I do snell most of my own rigs, Porgy hooks are way too small for my aging arthritic fingers to mess with so I tend to go with the easy choice at the tackle shop. And since I always change rigs each trip I haven't had any problems with the #`1's.

"Sucking the cheeks out of a whole fried Porgy"...now that's a scary thought!!!!
 

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