Location: Where Common Sense Presides
|I did two things to prevent gut-hooking when I fish for rockies and cabbies:
1)Short leader and single hook. (Ken is right!)
2)I hold the pole, feel the bite, and set the hook. Having the pole rest by itself is an invitation for a gut-hooked fish.
I am convinced that the majority of injured fish can be avoided by attentiveness. Forget bells or gimmicks, just pay attention and be on the bite. Tight line. Cabezon gulp while running and if you let them hit shelter, they will swallow the hook.
Just throwing this out there and not accusing anyone. Fish swallow hooks all the time; it's a fact of fishing life. You do what you can, but things happen. I just feel that awareness is a smart quality to being along when you fish.
I've pretty much switched to lures or live bait and rarely use dead offerings. Seldom do I have to contend with a gut-hooked fish nowadays. I never use circle hooks...