Strongest octopus style hooks?

 Hi all,

wondering what the recommendations are on the strongest octopus style hooks? Something big like 10/0’s.

got a trip to Exmouth coming up next year, and sick of having hooks straighten on nice bottom fish under heavy drag (to get them past the sharks of course). Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.


Used plenty of different hooks in the past but most seem to open up when the going gets tough. 




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For the record

Fri, 2017-12-15 21:34

 I hate using circle hooks! Cutting point, sharp as buggery hooks all the way!






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 Mustad Big Red's are a thick

Fri, 2017-12-15 21:53

 Mustad Big Red's are a thick gauge hook. Probably the strongest ive seen readily available.

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 straighten a few Mustad Big

Fri, 2017-12-15 22:26

 straighten a few Mustad Big reds in my time so I’ve been using owners ssw or black magic/shogun ever since. Not sure if there the strongest out there but they hold up pretty well


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 Mustad 412 were the hook I

Sat, 2017-12-16 05:47

 Mustad 412 were the hook I used to use for that application. 


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 i would think gamakatsu or

Sat, 2017-12-16 09:02

 i would think gamakatsu or owner  even black magic. never had any of these ones straighten , even on 150kg plus sharks


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 Black magic C point 8/0

Sat, 2017-12-16 20:58

 Black magic C point 8/0


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Mustad big guns

Sun, 2017-12-17 02:24

 I use mustad big guns good hook up rate never had them straighten or snap. 


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Cheers guys

Sun, 2017-12-17 06:51

 Will check out the black Magic’s for sure. 

Her carry, I’ll give the big guns a go also




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Sun, 2017-12-17 16:54

 Have bent a couple on sharks and rays but never straightened.

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 Òwner jobu

Sun, 2017-12-17 18:16

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Gamakatsu 10/0's are what I

Sun, 2017-12-17 19:55

Gamakatsu 10/0's are what I use for pretty much all of my sliding and never had a problem with them. Bent out mustad big guns a few times before


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 7/0 Tarpons can't beat em.

Sun, 2017-12-17 20:00

 7/0 Tarpons can't beat em. And I mix em up with offset circles up north.


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If your not fussed on brand

Mon, 2017-12-18 06:30

If your not fussed on brand names and want to save some $, give these a go

I used to swear by Gamakastus. Until the price slowly increased to $1.20+ a hook for the larger sizes.

I got sick of paying stupid money for hooks and losing $15 rigs flat out (24/32oz sinker, 2 x double snelled hooks, decent mono n swivels etc, soon adds up), so Ive trialed many of the cheaper versions and these are by far the best

Not as thin guage as the Gamakastus but Ive havent noticed any identifiable difference in hook up ratio. Just as sharp as the Gamas and Ive never had one break or fully bend out, even on the big cod and bigger greycoats

Escapin are also silly cheap on the barrel swivels, 3 ways etc and they are good quality as well.

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 Escapin Tackle are good for

Mon, 2017-12-18 08:18

 Escapin Tackle are good for terminal gear.


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 Yeah agree some of these

Mon, 2017-12-18 07:23

 Yeah agree some of these cheaper brands are pretty good , I use them on trips up north when you loose a lot of terminal tackle 

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I swapped from gamakatsu when

Mon, 2017-12-18 12:13

I swapped from gamakatsu when this started happening... more than once as well




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Mon, 2017-12-18 12:32

BKK hooks - compleat stock them and I tried them at coral bay earlier in the year. Didn't drop a fish and had the drag locked on a few sharks and the bottom with no straightening on 80lb gear. 


Very solid and sharp - only drama was the ones I was left with developed a bit of rust after the trip which is more than I usually get from other brands. No issue for me as I usually use new hooks each trip anyway - I just keep the used ones separate to the new ones. 


They even do a teflon hook - pretty sexy to look at but I haven't given them a bash yet.


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Snapped quite a few

Mon, 2017-12-18 13:21

Snapped quite a few gamakatsus same place as dowders, I dont go anywhere near them now


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Also snapped a few gamakatsu

Tue, 2017-12-19 23:04

Generally in the same place as per pic, I go for the cheaper brands and haven't been let down so far. Expensive (for me any way) doesn't always relate to top quality any more much the shame, price used to be the guide to the quality of the item.

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 I went trhough a lot of

Wed, 2017-12-20 17:52

 I went trhough a lot of searching to find the same thingscano, finally found the perfect thing on ebay, $17 for 50 8/0 hooks.  It just seemed to good to be true, then I got them, they looked great, but they can't be that good for the price so I waited till I used them a few times and see how they go.  They are great, perfect, no longer available and the seller has nothing for sale.  Bummer. he had lots of sizes would have ordered heaps but too late    Have looked and looked, but nothing comes close to the quality and value


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Thu, 2017-12-21 09:57

 I have some of these stainless long line type hooks, probably an 9/0 or 10/0. Can’t break them and nice and sharp. Can give you half a dozen of those if you like. Came off that fishing boat they sunk out from Bunbury back in the late 90s


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