Mikado Carp Fishing Hooks - Territory Wide Gape

Published by: Jan Zawada

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June 29, 2018

Mikado Carp Fishing Hooks - Territory Wide Gape

A hook is an absolutely crucial part of any rig. There is no one right answer when you’re choosing a hook. If you ask a few anglers chances are you’ll get a different answer from each one. The choice depends on many variables: the fishery, your chosen method, the kind and size of your lure. You should also take into account your rod, line and the weight if you’re using a self hooking rig. Most importantly any hook you use should be incredibly sharp. Territory hooks from Mikado can meet even the most rigorous criteria.

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I’ll start with my favourite hooks this season, which I use in most of my rigs. Wide Gape is the best model for big carp. It has a short shank and a wide bend, which guarantees a better hold on the fish in case of a long and hard haul. I think this is one of the best hooks for when you’re fishing in big reservoirs, usually far from the bank. Perfect for making leaders using both soft and stiff materials.

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In order to increase effectiveness in self hooking rigs you should add a bit more weight so the hook can set correctly. “A bit more” means at least 100g. Of course, this also depends on all the variables I mention before and you have to keep that in mind. I’ll describe my test rig, which helped me get a few big carp this season over 200 m from the bank, to paint a clearer picture. 

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The fishery is a big reservoir with a gently sloping bottom full of surprises like sticks and tree stumps covered in the ever-present zebra mussels.

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The rig has to be particularly strong in these conditions. A fluorocarbon Nihonto 045 leader with a no.2 Territory Wide Gape hook is attached to the main rig with a swivel mounted on a safe clip. The bottom in my spot is quite firm so I weigh my rig down with a typical 170 - 200g weigh on a clip and a 15m casting leader made of Nihonto 050 - 060 fluorocarbon. The choice of the main line depends on the season. In the spring, when the water is still free of surface weeds, I use an Octa Braid 026 braided line and later in the year I switch to a Territory Crystal 035 monofilament with a fluorocarbon coating. My reels are of course Lentus ADs attached to three meter poles, perfect for placing the rig in your spot with a boat. In the next installment of “Mikado Carp Fishing Hooks” I’ll describe the Long Shank - irreplaceable when it comes to very popular fisheries.

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 Jan Zawada

Mikado Fishing Team

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