- Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:17 am
What is the supposed or actual advantage to having the hook off to the side like with the Billy bay? Is the idea to hook the fish in the corner of the mouth?
Size 2 and 4 hooks that I use to tie on seem to be better than the standard push on bass assassin lead head jigs at hooking and keeping flounder hooked all the way to and into the net. That's been my experience. The patterns I’ve gotten flounder on all ride hook point up like a jig.
I’ve mostly stopped using weed guards on the patterns I assemble. Seems like in heavy, live shell, nothing including weed guards are going to prevent hanging up other than having the right pace on the retrieve or making an accurate cast to begin with. Heavy, bullet proof weed guards on flies might save on some hang ups, but then they tend to interfere with hook sets, that’s been my experience. I do always carry a few weed guarded things in the box sort of as a last resort, it’s nice to have options.
I love fishing around, next to, and sometimes over oyster reef and shell for fish including flounder. I just live with the occasional hang up. Some reefs are worse than others for snagging lures and flies. The people I fish with that throw soft plastics on jig heads get hung up too on occasion. But, I don’t know about that Billy Bay jig head with the hook off to the side, that does appear to be a guaranteed shell grabber. I know any pattern that rides hook point down and sinks is terrible around shallow reef. Those types like deceivers have about zero chance of not getting hung up.
Since getting into fly tying, I’ve become even more selective towards hooks and how a pattern rides in the water, so something different like the Billy bay is interesting to me. Many want to build a better mouse trap or fish catcher, nothing wrong with that. It should be easy enough to weight a fly pattern to swim with the hook point off to the side, but I’m not clear why I would or should do it that way.