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Daily Archives: January 6, 2010

MiHatchii Wide Gap Circle Hooks

I love live bait fishing. At times it can be a hassle, especially when catching your own, but locating the baitfish, throwing the net and getting dirty still has its rewards. Ninety percent of the time with live bait, I am using a circle hooks at the end of my leader. One problem with using live bait, especially with circle hooks, is the pilchard or bait of choice “double hooking” itself (usually the hook burrows in at two different locations of the head), putting off an abnormal presentation. When this happens frequently it can get pretty annoying, and you may miss that trophy fish cruising the flats while setting up your bait over and over. MiHatchii, a manufacturer of numerous styles of fishing hooks, has come out with a solution to this problem. Sam gave me some of their new hooks to try out from the ICAST show. These hooks are designed to stop double hooking. I know, there are already bait stopper “beads” out there that one can put on their hooks to somewhat solve this problem, but MiHatchii has come up with a better way.

These new hooks have a built in bait stopper made of a rubber material that is less prone to wear than a standard bead, and wont slip out of place under normal circumstances.The stopper is adjustable and is black in color to match the black nickel coating of the hook. This stopper is more durable than a standard bead and is a totally different design. The stopper is a small tab that points down, and again, blends very well, to keep a natural bait presentation. These guys didn’t just throw a rubber bead on there and call it a day. MiHatchii also claims these new “Wide Bite” circle hooks have the widest gap out there to increase hook ups, and also have less than one percent offset shank. Let me tell you, these hooks are pretty sharp too, I know by experience. We won’t talk about my thumb puncture though.

When fishing with these hooks, no double hooking took place during testing, even with the liveliest of baitfish. When bottom fishing for grouper and snapper with the 5/0 hook, I had no issues, unless when hooked to a rock or rubble, or casting improperly with a weighted setup. On the flats, with a smaller 2/0 hook, I had very few problems, unless hooking weeds and pulling the stopper or baitfish in a strange direction. My only real issue, and it only happened rarely, is when a baitfish gets the stopper caught in the eye, and this can usually be prevented with proper adjustment of the stopper.

MiHatchii’s new Wide Gap circle hooks currently come in 1/0 to 6/0 and are very reasonably priced, running from 3-5 dollars for a pack of 6. Surprisingly, I was unable to find a website on a Google search, but I did find some retailers,

Give these hooks a try. I will be keeping some of my favorite sizes in my tackle bag, probably for bottom fishing and tarpon. The hooks are not fine wire and are thicker than I like to use for the flats when I normally try to downsize as much as possible, but they definitely have my approval.

How to take photos of fireworks., Photo Recipe, How to take a photo recipe.

Many times, I get emails of people asking me how the camera was set, what filters did I use etc. Basically they want to know how to capture the same type of image. Many of  my friends and readers of Saltyshores ran out and bought an expensive DSLR recent.  However, many get overwhelm and use just shoot in auto mode. The images will look much better than your point and shoot yes, but you’re kind of defeating the purpose some.  I mean look at all those fancy knobs and controls. They are all going to waste. :)

I’m starting a new category today called “Photo Recipe”. It’s basically a how to, step by step of what you need, what settings you will need to take that particular photo. I’m not saying that I’m an expert and that what I do is the only way to get the image. It’s just info from my trial and error, research and how I achieved it.  I just want to help those that want the help

Lets start off with something simple and recent, the new year fireworks pics.  I know I know.. a few days too late but  hey you can still use it for fouth of July :)

What you will need:

  1. DLSR camera
  2. tripod
  3. remote trigger(optional)

Camera settings:

  • Set the camera to manual mode:
  • f/16 (from 8 to 22 is fine)
  • ISO 100 to 200
  • shutter speed 6 to 8 seconds of if you have a remote control bulb(this will allow you to vary the shutter controls with out touching the camera)

Set the camera on the tripod.  With such long shutter speed the movement will be very noticeable. A tripod is a must and do your best to pick stable platform.

Look through the eye piece to get the focus proper. Remember its manual focus, you don’t’ want the camera to be searching for a focus. 

Once the fire works start press your remote button and vary the time(6 to 8 seconds usually)  to see what you get on your review screen. If you don’t have a remote, use the camera on the timer to trigger the shot. If you trigger it manually you will get some movement from you pressing the button.

That’s it! pretty easy isn’t it?

You can use a point and shoot as well, you just need stable tripod. Put the camera in program mode not auto. Auto will set the flash off. use a timer to trigger it and you should be good to go.