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    How long does a hook last in a fish's mouth?

    Noob question. How long does a hook last in a fish's mouth in fresh water? For example, if I lose a lure or hook by the line breaking or the knot coming undone (it happened once, and I won't let it happen ever again now that I watched some video) how long will it stay there (I realize it depends on many conditions so I'm looking for general answers)? I was told that certain hooks don't last long and can rust out in salt water, but what about in fresh water? Could a bass potentially be swimming around with my hook and senko for three weeks now?

    Thanks in advance.
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    Re: How long does a hook last in a fish's mouth?

    With the newer hooks out there today the chances of them having it the rest of their lives are pretty good! Unless it works it's way out somehow or someone catches the fish again! The old wire hooks would eventually rust out. But for a science experiment toss a hook in a glass of water and see how long it takes it to rust in half.... You might be waiting a long time.

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    Re: How long does a hook last in a fish's mouth?

    Bro caught a 5lber on Amistad that had a 5/0 shank sticking out the poo chute...




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    Re: How long does a hook last in a fish's mouth?

    Quote Originally Posted by Grnhead
    Bro caught a 5lber on Amistad that had a 5/0 shank sticking out the poo chute...


    OUCH!!!!!!!!!! That one had to hurt!! ;D

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    Re: How long does a hook last in a fish's mouth?

    Ranger R77 (I believe) posted a great link a few months back about how to successfully remove hooks when fish swallow them. I've had a 100% success rate at removing swallowed hooks since using this method. I've also had to use it on some of the fish I've caught who broke off someone else and still had the hook in their mouth, ingested of course. I'm not touching any hooks coming out of the poo hole, I'll leave that for T-Dubs bro ;D

    I'll look for the link tonight.

    -Rich

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    Re: How long does a hook last in a fish's mouth?

    http://www.in-fisherman.com/magazine...val/index.html

    Found it. At least one of them. BobSp posted it. I've seen a few other posts on this subject. I know another link. I'll post it up in a sec

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    Re: How long does a hook last in a fish's mouth?

    Here's a link to an interesting experiment that my buddy Jeff Shindle (user name "stargazer") is performing for his own (and our) gratification.

    http://extremecoast.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=9106

    Granted the experiment is with much larger hooks that we usually use exclusively in saltwater (except for the 9/0) and the experiment is actually in saltwater, but I think you can see that even with a variety of hook types, even in saltwater, the hooks have long staying power.

    Please be advised to do your best to remove hooks, even with the big critters. * *
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    Re: How long does a hook last in a fish's mouth?

    Thanks for all the feedback. Just to be clear, I didn't leave a hook in the mouth on purpose. I tied a improved clinch knot (only my 2nd time trying this knot) and it slipped a little when I put in on, but I thought it would be OK given the small size of the fish in the creek. I hooked the fish (4-5lb, probably the biggest of my life...sad but true) but after it swam under a log near the shore the pressure was too much and the knot slipped loose. So now I use a different knot (palomar) when use a TR senko. Under normal conditions I always remove hooks and then make sure the fish is ok and let it swim away :-)
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    Re: How long does a hook last in a fish's mouth?

    1EyeJack,

    No worries, man. Sometimes it just happens and you can't avoid it. The links posted above are good to learn so you can remove the hooks if you catch them again or if your fish ingests the hook. This happens a lot with senkos since you're dead sticking them and the fish has a chance to swim off with the bait before you realize it.

    Great question...thanks for posting up!

    -Rich

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    Re: How long does a hook last in a fish's mouth?

    What about the stomach acids playing a role in digesting the hook? heard any truth to that? Might be in the link, just didn't have time to check.

 

 

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