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    Short vs long shank hooks

    Was at Academy the other day and found myself combing the jig head section. Wow! Overwhelming to say the least. Anyhow, I noticed that some Jig heads sport a longer shank hook than others, with short shanks being more common. So.... I figured I ask the community here at Bayou Coast, what are the advantages of short vs long shank hooks or visa versa? What do y’all use?

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    No expert, by any means - but I would think a longer shank would allow you to fish larger plastics. It would put the hook further back on the bait, leaving less tails bit off. Just my $.02

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    Quote Originally Posted by okeistop View Post
    No expert, by any means - but I would think a longer shank would allow you to fish larger plastics. It would put the hook further back on the bait, leaving less tails bit off. Just my $.02

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    Makes sense.... guess I may have been over thinking it.


    Quote Originally Posted by okeistop View Post
    No expert, by any means - but I would think a longer shank would allow you to fish larger plastics. It would put the hook further back on the bait, leaving less tails bit off. Just my $.02

    Tight lines,
    Potsie
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    I prefer short shanks as most of my soft plastics are less than 4" (like matrix shads) and swim better with shorter hooks. Only time I really use longer shanked jigheads is with the h&h queen cocahoes
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    Shorter shank for my Saltwater Assassins and Matrix Shad.
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    I use a long shank jighead for a 5" swim bait. Anything less than that I use a short shank.

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    Thanks for the feedback y’all.
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    Longer shank hooks are sometimes needed for particular lures, but they provide big fish with more leverage and tend to straighten more easily than a shorter hook made of the same gauge wire. If you go with a longer shank hook be sure it feels sturdy and is made of a heavier gauge wire.
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    I prefer a longer shank. I feel like the trout hit the moving tail and try to rip it off. That's why a worn bait slides down the shank.
    For years I've bought a custom poured 1/4 oz, plain lead jighead with a black hook that I find to be incredibly sharp and strong from Chags. When I started using 1/8 oz I found the shank thinner and shorter. They bent easily especially on reds. I've since looked for heavier, longer 1/8 oz jigheads and had better results.

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