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July 15, 2009

ICAST REPORT: Biggest Fishing Hook

By John Merwin

Greetings from the ICAST show in Orlando, Florida, where the best, brightest, and – yes – weirdest new stuff in the fishing world premiers this week in a massive convention center. Looking around a preview last night, this giant hook caught my eye.

It’s a size 27/0 Mustad circle hook, which the maker says is the largest hook ever made for an actual fishing situation ...

Circle hooks are for catch-and-release fishing. This one is designed for major predators such as great white sharks. It would presumably allow something like a 3,000-pound shark to be captured, held at boatside for tagging or whatever, and then released. Just reach down and unhook it. Yeah, right.

The hook is just unbelievable. I added a 25-cent piece in the center of the photo so you could better get the scale of the thing. Aside from catching a few neighborhood great whites, what else could you do with it? Looks as if I could keep one in the truck for latching on to the bumper of my wife’s car if and when she gets stuck in the snow. Any more ideas? --JM

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from Sick STi wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Man-eating Piraiba?

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from ingebrigtsen wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Oh ive used mustads circle hooks for commercial hallibut and wolf-fish fishing and they catch more fish cos they hook in better than normal shaped hooks(balance point etc.), so they cath more fish! They r NOT cath and release hooks though although the one on the top might have been designated that way. They r meant for baitfishing and catch more fish but are a bit trickier to bait. other than that they r strong as fu#k and come highly recommended! (we got an increase at about 20-30% in fish we actually landed)

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from Armchair Mike wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

We're gonna need a bigger boat.

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from muskiemaster wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Ha you wouldn't catch me fishing out of a normal boat with that size of a hook. The only fish I'd catch with something that big would have to be pulled up next to a cruise ship or something bigger.

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from chadlove wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Damn, the Armchair Outfitter beat me to it...

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Good conversation piece or camp ornament

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from seadog wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Ingebrigsten is right about circle hooks. I think they're the way to go. I wouldn't dismiss them too quickly for catch & release. They can cut down on gut hooked fish because they usually catch the corner of the mouth. Anyhow, they work great for filet & release.

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from idahooutdoors wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

If a person had two they would make great hooks to hang a deer or elk from. Wouldn't even have to cut the holes in the back legs, just hook up. Could be the envy of the meat pole, or at least your hanging meat would look cool......

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from Douglas wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Might make an interesting body piercing to go along with the big buck tattoo.

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from 2Poppa wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

With a hook like that one can only imagine how big the bait would be.

Heck, you could hang a deer on it,as idahooutdoors mentioned, and use it for bait!

The chain ain't no puppy either ...

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Looks like the hook from the repo mans tow truck!

Once hooked always hooked!

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from Proverbs wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

This hook could be used by those in Washington, DC to latch onto our pocketbooks.

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from BarkinSpider wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

That's what I used to catch the bluegill at left.

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from weemsjm wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

what was the price?

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from shane wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

That thing is a novelty anchor, and that's about it.

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from Hunter Savage wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

looks like it would make a fair trap drag as well

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from ggmack wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

could use it as a live bait hook. bridle rig a tuna or a shark.

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from jbird wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

I think it'd be funny to poke a worm on the point and throw it in around a crowd of strangers. Just be totally casual about it, see what their reactions were.

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from FloridaHunter1226 wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Maybe a paper weight or wall hanger... don't really see the practicality in it.

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from riverdemon10 wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Looks like the hook from jaws when the guys use the pork roast on the dock.

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from Tom Smith wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

I think you could use it to catch gators just fine.

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from johnmerwin wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

$150

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from Peter Campbell wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

You could use it to hang a dead deer in your garage.

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from grovesaj wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Hmmm... get a set of four and have a nice game of "Hooks." Use those old "Ugly Sticks" for the posts. (Horse shoes) Add a 'sixer of Old Style and your all set.

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from apowers1031 wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

i think it is a good bluegill hook.........

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from llw06001 wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

wow,I need one on my wall at the cabin..........

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from Armchair Mike wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

We're gonna need a bigger boat.

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from ingebrigtsen wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Oh ive used mustads circle hooks for commercial hallibut and wolf-fish fishing and they catch more fish cos they hook in better than normal shaped hooks(balance point etc.), so they cath more fish! They r NOT cath and release hooks though although the one on the top might have been designated that way. They r meant for baitfishing and catch more fish but are a bit trickier to bait. other than that they r strong as fu#k and come highly recommended! (we got an increase at about 20-30% in fish we actually landed)

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Good conversation piece or camp ornament

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from seadog wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Ingebrigsten is right about circle hooks. I think they're the way to go. I wouldn't dismiss them too quickly for catch & release. They can cut down on gut hooked fish because they usually catch the corner of the mouth. Anyhow, they work great for filet & release.

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from idahooutdoors wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

If a person had two they would make great hooks to hang a deer or elk from. Wouldn't even have to cut the holes in the back legs, just hook up. Could be the envy of the meat pole, or at least your hanging meat would look cool......

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from 2Poppa wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

With a hook like that one can only imagine how big the bait would be.

Heck, you could hang a deer on it,as idahooutdoors mentioned, and use it for bait!

The chain ain't no puppy either ...

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Looks like the hook from the repo mans tow truck!

Once hooked always hooked!

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from Proverbs wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

This hook could be used by those in Washington, DC to latch onto our pocketbooks.

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from weemsjm wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

what was the price?

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from Sick STi wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Man-eating Piraiba?

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from muskiemaster wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Ha you wouldn't catch me fishing out of a normal boat with that size of a hook. The only fish I'd catch with something that big would have to be pulled up next to a cruise ship or something bigger.

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from chadlove wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Damn, the Armchair Outfitter beat me to it...

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from Douglas wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Might make an interesting body piercing to go along with the big buck tattoo.

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from BarkinSpider wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

That's what I used to catch the bluegill at left.

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from shane wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

That thing is a novelty anchor, and that's about it.

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from Hunter Savage wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

looks like it would make a fair trap drag as well

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from ggmack wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

could use it as a live bait hook. bridle rig a tuna or a shark.

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from jbird wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

I think it'd be funny to poke a worm on the point and throw it in around a crowd of strangers. Just be totally casual about it, see what their reactions were.

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from FloridaHunter1226 wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Maybe a paper weight or wall hanger... don't really see the practicality in it.

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from riverdemon10 wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Looks like the hook from jaws when the guys use the pork roast on the dock.

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from Tom Smith wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

I think you could use it to catch gators just fine.

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from johnmerwin wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

$150

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from Peter Campbell wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

You could use it to hang a dead deer in your garage.

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from grovesaj wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Hmmm... get a set of four and have a nice game of "Hooks." Use those old "Ugly Sticks" for the posts. (Horse shoes) Add a 'sixer of Old Style and your all set.

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from apowers1031 wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

i think it is a good bluegill hook.........

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from llw06001 wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

wow,I need one on my wall at the cabin..........

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