Re: Hooks for 501s
Hi Ryan! I would suggest a single 10/0 Bart Pa'a Hook rigged with 900 lb. cable with shrink tube over the hook eye and red electrical tape over the leader to hook rig connection. Make the cable length so the hook point is just even with the end of the lure skirt. You will get better hook penetration with a 10/0 or smaller hook than an 11/0, especially with 50 lb. main line. There is nothing wrong with a 9/0 size hook either especially on smaller blacks and most stripers. For stripers I use an 8/0 size with 30 - 50 lb. trolling tackle (fits the jaw hinge best and the thickness of the bill at it's base where at time I catch fish just on the bill - can't do that with a larger gap hook). You should also get a higher hook up precentage with the single hook rig, especially with 50 lb. gear as you only have (need) one hook point to set versus two. In addition the lures will swim beter with no hooks interfering with the lure skirts and also make a releasing fish safer and less harm to the fish you intend to release. The Pa'a hoks have a perfect bend that really grabs and wraps the jaw. The hooks have a round point and a small barb and need no sharpening and fish right out of the package unlike a Mustad #7691S. I am not of fan of the Owner hook on marlin lures as I don't like the more open hook shape or point (creates a big hole the hook can fall out easier).
Cabo San Lucas, MX.