How much electrical field does a steel hook versus rusting steel hook put out?
- My brother Henry is a savaunt and used to work that stuff out in his head and have answers in minutes, based on mass, hook material (mainly carbon content), salinity and speed through the water. Like most younger brothers I just wanted answers, not a bunch of formulae when I can't add up anyway, Henry got the brains, I got expelled.
Is there a difference in the field of various SS hooks based on minerals within the hook?
- Yes, based on ferrous content.
Is there a electrical output range that is attractive to a fish and in turn makes it bite or not?
- Yes there is. Commercail Tuna boats in Australia get their earthing checked by marine electricians. I forget the volts and amps, but answer is YES there is and I get every boat I oewn checked by the guy, $50 well spent.
What does a live slimy mackerel or scad put out compared to a dead one for example?
- It depends on speed through the water over ground. The faster you troll the more is generated.
If I have a pod of striped marlin feeding on a bait ball behind the boat and I throw them three live mackerel without hooks in them and three with small rusty hooks in their noses all with no line attached, will they eat the non-hook carrying baits any differently?
- Yes, here's a bit of footage on Yellowfin: YouTube - fin01
I've done simmialr experiments with Sailfish, Black Marlin, Stripes, Blues, Cobia, Yellowtail, sharks (Hammers and Makos) Wahoo.
As you've noticed Game Fishermen are sceptical, no point telling them this kind of information.
I know salmon guys that swear by the Black Box sold by Scotty down riggers to increase the number of bites off wire down rigger lines.
If there is grounds in this...maybe make and sell a hook made out of a plastic so there is not negative or positive electrical discharge and catch every fish.[/I]
- I made Teflon Coated SL12's for quite a few years and if I was going to fish a big money tourney I'd have every hook, regardless of make or type sporting nice yellow 2 part polyurethane.
The last tourney I fished seriously was the Grand Slam on the Gold Coast in 2002. We got 7 of the total marlin catch of 14....... all on Pakula's, and all on Yellow Powder coated SL12's.
Even during the tournament we didn't have enough yellow hooks to go around, we ran the yellow hooks on various lures through the day, we only fish one out of the three days.
We moved the yellow hooks around the spread, 7 marlin on 7 different lures in all trolling positions.
if you look at the grand slam footage also on my Youtube site you'll hear "On the Yellow hooks again" mentioned several times.