fish hook sharpeners.. anyone use them?

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  1. crewhead05

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    Anyone use a fish hook sharpener? I see them all the time but have never felt the need for one.
     
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    Only on hard bait bass lure treble hooks. Other hooks and jigs used as terminal tackle get swapped or lost before they need sharpening...mostly lost.
     
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    I have a sharpener that looks like a nested pair of tiny chainsaw files. I honestly cannot say that it has made a marked improvement to any hook I've dragged through it. Which means I doubt that it has helped me catch fish. Ergo: senseless crap I spent money on to carry in my tackle box.

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    Your mileage may vary with a stone or diamond fish hook groove sharpener.
     
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    I used them cant prove they help but they cant hurt.
     
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    they work -- but they wont do anything to most modern chemically sharpened hooks -- the file on yer multi tool will work
     
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    Got a diamond thingie that I use on the old trebles in the spring, before season. As said, wont hurt.
     
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    I use them on my old lures where the hooks are not all rusted up. I still have my tackle box I had growing up. If rusted though I've been changing out hooks lately.
    Newer hooks are more rust resistant. I'd rather drive a non-rusted hook doing something stupid to myself that a rusted one.:16:

    Sometimes I'll use the hook sharpener to file down broken barbs for a like barbless if just doing catch and release.

    I've had the pen sized diamond hook sharpener for years and it gets used for many things beyond just hooks.
     
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    We use a small sharpening stone.
     
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    About the only time I touch hooks is to straighten them if I get snagged on something and can retrieve the lure. If the point on the hook is messed up I'll touch it up. But an actual "sharpening" like you'd do to a knife, nope. With a decent pair of split ring pliers I can have a treble hook off and a new on on by the time I could get one hook sharpened
     
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    I had one of those old Berkley Battery powered Hook Honer / line stripper combo. It had a medium stone on it- it worked ok.

    I do think that checking your hook sharpness- especially after you may have missed a fish or three- is important. I was on a charter boat in Lake Erie a few years ago with my daughter and she started out catching on a snelled bottom bouncing crawler rig- but then started missing every bite. Pulled the rig up and sure enough the zebra mussells and rocks had dulled the hook severely.

    Dr. Slick makes a small hook sharpener that works well.

    If it wont catch on my thumbnail or fingernail- if it just skates off- it needs to be touched up.

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    I’ve used them when jigging for lake trout through the ice at 90 to 120 feet of water. At that deep and the steel mouth of the lake trout, you need all the help you can get, when they hit your lure.
     
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    I always touch up my hooks with a small file, there are oyster bars in most of my fishing areas that can dull a hook quickly.
     
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    A hook sharpener is one of the most important tools for my fishing. I constantly make sure my hooks are sharp. I know it makes a huge difference in the percentage of hooked fish I land. It's especially critical on my trout fishing lure hooks which constantly bump rocks and get dulled points.

    Besides keeping a hook sharpener in each tackle bag and box I own, I also have a diamond coated side on my Leatherman PST II's file which has touched up countless hooks over the years.
     
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    I have not sharpened my hooks, my dad told me once he was fishing for redfish and after missing a few hits he thought maybe his hook was dull to he used his Leatherman file to sharpen a hook and he said the hook sliced right through the fish when he hooked the next one.

    In the instructions for the WWII fishing kit, it says to use the whetstone to sharpen hooks, dull hooks catch less fish.

    GOD Bless you and your families

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    This is my test as well.
     
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    That is the one I carry. I will check my hook after getting hung up on rocks, branches, etc. It doesn't see a ton of use, but I have brought some hooks back to life.
     
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    Good info... i have been fishing more this year than ever before in my life. Im still learning a bunch.

    Next trick, figuring out how to rig for swift water trout.
     
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    Another thumb nail tester here. That method works for me.
     
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    About thirty five years ago I attended a seminar on surf fishing hosted by Bill " Doc " Muller and Fred Golafaro, two of the editors at Long Island Fisherman. Doc Muller told us to sharpen hooks so you can hang them on a vertical thumbnail. "If you're not sharpening you're losing fish" he said.
    Victor
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    Yup, quick run across the sharpener.
     
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    I use the diamond pen sized file. Greatly improves hooksets on hard mouthed fish like pike and walleye.
     
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    I use a Victorinox pen sharpener.

    I don't sharpen small hooks but do constantly sharpen saltwater hooks. They get busted up pretty quick
     
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    one of my mother's other children used to take great pride in his hook sharpening skils

    he could sharpen a hook and snell it so nothing could even brush up against it w/o getting itself snagg'd

    the Game Warden took exception to his methods and strongly suggested he remove all his lines from the water

    the suggestion was taken seriously/followed and he didn't have to spend any time at the expense of the local authorities ;-)

    ¿ me sharpen hooks ?

    not in many years
     
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    The worksharp field sharpener has a fish hook sharpener on the ceramic rod, it also has a broadhead wrench under the diamond plates.Its a fun little piece of kit, diamond plates, a ceramic rod and a leather strop.

    It fits nicely inside of Maxpeditions beefy size organizer with a multitool, flashlight, etc.Ive been removing the stones from knife sheaths and replacing them with things I use more often like a p38 can opener and a mini bic.Its really handy keeping the field sharpener with a multi tool, I haven't tried the fish hook sharpener yet, but I've needed the broadhead wrench and strop a few times, it's a cool little tool.
     
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    I use a hook sharpener constantly when I'm out. I use the same Dr. Slick sharpener. I hold the hook at the bend and pull it backward in the groove on the sharpener. It usually only takes a few strokes.

    Just like @rustystove2017, if the point doesn't easily stop when dragged across my thumbnail it gets sharpened. The bigger the hook the more critical this is. I check my big/articulated streamers after every fish or if they contact structure. Dull hooks will cost you fish.
     
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    If my kids didn’t lose hooks so much I would probably end up sharpening them on my worksharp field sharpener
     
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    some of the fish ive missed use them .....its an insult to pull up the line find missing bait but a freshly sharpened hook...those bass-tards
     
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    Seldom use one in freshwater but keep one handy when fishing saltwater. I'm lucky to be close enough to the coast that I can fish a few times each year. The time between trips allows surface rust on hooks no matter what I do to them.
     
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    Typically I just swap hooks, but if I'm in a situation that I cant (say I'm creek wading for the day) I'll just find a good hard rock and file a somewhat sharp point that will get me by until either I'm done or switch lures or what have you
     

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