How to Make and Store Bush Hooks

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You'll need your line, weight, hook and an empty shotgun shell. (Oh, and your knife.)

You’ll need your line, weight, hook and an empty shotgun shell. (Oh, and your knife.)

I saw a Facebook post recently that said, “Invest in precious metals. Buy lead.” There was a picture of a bullet underneath it, but lead weights and fish hooks are pretty pricey as well.

A few weeks ago, my brother Bill and I took down some bush hooks and in typical fashion they ended up in a wad on the floor of the boat. I spent 15 minutes of my life that I’ll never get back meticulously cutting the hooks and leads off each line.

That exercise made me think that somebody probably has thought of a fast, efficient way to make, store and reuse them. But I didn’t feel like doing any research, so I came up with my own.

I don’t think I stole this idea from anybody, so I’ll take credit for it until somebody else says otherwise. To me, this is easier than trying to tie a bush hook while you’re in the boat, especially if you’re by yourself. And it’s a lot easier to store and use it again later.

 

Tie the weight on with a simple overhand knot.

Tie the weight on with a simple overhand knot.

Tie on your hook.

Tie on your hook.

Slice a one-inch slit down the middle of the shell on two sides.

Slice a one-inch slit down the middle of the shell on two sides.

 

 

Slide the weight down to the hook and drop both inside the shell. (You can slide the weight back up when you set it.)

Slide the weight down to the hook and drop both inside the shell. (You can slide the weight back up when you set it.)

Slide the line through one of the slits.

Slide the line through one of the slits.

Wrap the line around the outside of the shell until you get to the end.

Wrap the line around the outside of the shell until you get to the end. (Err toward using more line. You can always shorten it.)

Tie a knot in the end of the line and slide the knot into one of the slits to keep it from unrolling.

Tie a knot in the end of the line and slide the knot into one of the slits to keep it from unrolling.

When you're finished, you should be able to easily unroll the line, slide the weight up, bait your hook and tie it off to a good limb. To reuse, just cut the line from the limb, slide the weight down, tuck it in and re-roll.

When you’re finished, you should be able to easily unroll the line, slide the weight up, bait your hook and tie it off to a good limb. To reuse, just cut the line from the limb, slide the weight down, tuck it in and re-roll.

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