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Choosing Your Fishing Hook

Author: Bullbuster Team

Choosing The Right Hook For You

This article gets in depth about fishing hooks.  It covers the different type of fishing hooks there are.  What type you should use for different situations and how to choose the hook you want for the type of fishing you are doing.  

If you don't know a ton about hooks, you may want to see our article on 5 Types Of Fishing Hooks

Fishing Hook Size Charts

When picking from a catalog of hooks, you will often see a chart of hooks with their sizes compared to each other.  Having a hook size chart can be useful if you have already purchased the same hook in the range and would like to compare hooks for another size.  Hook size charts are most useful when they are actual size or have something to compare them to in the chart. 

Another thing to understand about most hook manufacturers is that there is a semi- standardized hook sizing system.  There are two sizes numbers that you should understand.  This icon from the online fisherman shows you hook sizing information.   

Understanding Hook Sizes

 Below we will include a few examples of hook size charts.   

Hook Size Chart
Gamagatsku Offset Circle Hook Chart

Gamagatsu Fishing Hook Chart
Gamagatsu Octopus Fishing Hook Chart

Mustad Fishing Hooks (J Hook Chart)

Hook Vocabulary

The Bend - The bend of the hook is pretty self explanatory.  

The Eye - The eye of the hook is where you thread the line through, similar to a sewing needle. 

The Shank - The shank of the hook is the area between the bend and the eye. 

The Barb - The barb keeps the hook locked in the fishes mouth. 

The Point  - The point is what punctures the fishes mouth. 

The Gap - The gap of the hook is the distance from the point to the shank of the hook. 

Fishing Hooks

Materials Used In Hooks 

Fishing hooks are made of several materials: 

1) Steel 

2) Stainless Steel

3) High Carbon Steel

4) Nickel 

List Of 5 Types Of Fishing Hooks

1) Inline Circle Hook 

Inline circle hook

 In line circle hooks are the best circle hooks for catching and releasing fish.  These circle hooks are designed to hook fish in the corner of the mouth, when pressure is applied to the tip of the hook, it makes the hook move in a circular motion and hooks the fish in this way. 

2) Offset Circle Hooks 

Offset Circle Hook

Offset circle hooks move in a circular motion just like a regular circle hook, however the point of the hook is set to the side of the shank of the hook, in this way, the point more easily finds a place to apply pressure and starts the circle hooking process more easily. Proponents of inline circle hooks say that the offset portion of the hook makes it more like a J-Hook in that it just hooks anywhere it grabs and makes this hook less conducive to properly releasing a hook, since it is may grab internal organs on its way out. 

3) Live Bait Hook 

Live Bait Hook

 The live bait hook is a type of J-hook with a short shank.  This gives it drag in the water as a live bait swims, and therefore allows the live bait to swim more efficiently. 

4) Long Shank Hook 

Long Shank Hook

Long shank hooks, like the name suggests, have long shanks.   For fish with sharp teeth, this hook can prevent them from cutting through your fishing line. This applies to bait and to trolling lures.  

5) Treble Hook 

Treble Hook

The treble hook is a three sided hook, that is made like a grappling hook and is meant to hook anything that comes at it.  This hook is often used in lures, and for speedy and toothy predators such as wahoo and kingfish, that come after a bait quickly, but may not consume it entirely, or without any bait at all simply to snag fish.  Opponents for using this type of hook have two different arguments against using it.  One they say that this hook makes releasing much harder, the other is that while the treble hook allows you to hook a fish easily, it does not always hook them well.  

Other Variations In Hooks 

Wire size - The wire size of the hook is its thickness. When choosing the wire size of the hook there are two things to think about.:

Wire Size Fishing Hook Chart
Look at the difference in wire size between these two Mustad J-Hooks

  1) The tackle you are using  -  For heavier tackle you want to use a thicker wire hook since you will risk bending it at higher drags.

 2) How finicky the fish is that you are targeting - For more finicky fish you are going to want to use a lighter wire so that they don't see the hook. 

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