What’s The Best Hookset Technique To Land More Flounder?
What’s the best hookset for flounder or fluke???
A buddy of mine thinks the “lift set” is the way to go while I use a very sharp “slam set” popularized by bass anglers you likely have seen on television.
But which one will produce more hookups and land you more fish?
I hit the water to find out!!
What’s The Best Hookset For Flounder? [VIDEO]
- Rods Used: Custom Fishing Rod
- Reels: Quantum S3 Baitcaster
- Main Line: Power Pro 30lb Braid
- Leader: Ande 20lb Mono Leader
- Lure #1: ¾ Oz. Bucktail (Capt. Hanks Big Head)
- Lure #2: 5” Gulp! Jerk Shad
- Lure #3: Power Prawn USA
- Lure #4: Gulp! Shrimp
- Scent: Dr. Juice Saltwater Slam Exclusive Scent
This experiment lasted over the course of 3 trips and I caught 40 fluke in total.
The same exact rig was used for both types of hooksets.
Would the lift set or the slam set catch more fish?
I alternated hooksets every single time I got a bite.
One lift set and then the next the slam set.
The lift set is basically just lifting the rod tip up quickly.
The slam set is really aggressive to drive that hook into the mouth securely.
The inspiration for this test was a buddy of mine who uses and relies on the lift set.
My thought was the slam set secures more bites and you lose more fish on the lift set.
So I needed to back that up with some numbers and on-the-water research.
As I mentioned earlier, this was across 3 different days of fishing to get a lot of data.
Final Results & Conclusions
I tallied up the 40 fish I caught over the course of those 3 days.
It came out to 20 fish for the lift set and 20 for the slam set – as it should because I was alternating.
However, I looked further into the numbers to see which fish were successfully hooked and landed.
10 fish were hooked and landed on the lift or sweep set.
14 fish were caught and landed on the harder slam set.
So I missed 10 fish on the lift set and 6 fish on the slam set.
At the end of the day, I ended up catching more fish on the harder slam set than on the lift set.
Overall, I think this was due to where the fish was hooked and how deeply the hook sank in.
The fish hooked using the lift set would either spit the hook in the net or it would just fall out of their mouths.
Whereas on the slam set fish, I had to work the hook free from their jaws.
This is not scientific and this is not to say this is the ultimate research for flounder or fluke hooksets.
But if I were to continue to target flounder and fluke, I’d go with the slam hookset.
What type of hookset do you currently use and why?
Do you think you catch more fish with your preferred technique?
Get the conversation started down below in the comments section!!
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