Jean Buckner Hooks May 15th, 2019 - 13:28:04
There are two basic types of circle hook available to fishermen and commercial fishing boats in Guatemala, the offset and non-offset. The latter have been used for over 20 years in the commercial Central America and Guatemalan longline industry - as obviously in the vast majority of cases the fishermen are not present when the fish is actually taking the bait, and so they found and developed a hook that was capable of self-hooking on a consistent basis in the rich fishing territory off the coats of Costa Rica and Guatemala. It was found that circle hooks and J-hooks displayed similar catch rates, but that 98% of fish were caught in the jaw with circle hooks.
Depending on the type of fish you want to catch the size and strength will vary. For example, if you are fishing for smaller fish (Rudd, Roach, Perch and small Bream) then a smaller hook produced from fine wire would be the perfect choice. The sizes of these fishing hooks should be between 18-22. If you are targeting much larger and hard fighting fish you will want a much stronger and bigger hook. Most anglers tend to use them from sizes 12 - 4, depending on which type of fish they are targeting.
Finally, to all of you who are new to fishing, try taking these examples and build your learning experiences upon them. Trial and error are often the best teachers in any skill.
Circle hooks are designed to hook the fish without much rod movement by the angler. Just leave it in the rod holder and as the line gets tight and the rod bows down, the pressure penetrates the hook into the corner of the mouth of the fish and the fight is on. I felt this was a no brainer in current areas, but I tried to picture how these specialized hooks were going to work in lakes without current. I tried to imagine how a fish swims off the bait in a lake as opposed to a river. Without current, the fish could swim in any direction with the bait. The fish might swim at your boat or they might swim crossways with your boat, making a tight line hook up with a circle hook very difficult. A year ago I learned from some other catfishermen that Daiichi came out with a modified circle hook that would work in all situations. If the fish didn't swim away from the boat, the angler could still set the hook on the fish! Last year I gave the new circle hook called the Circle Hook Lite a try.
Trebles are three hooks welded into one, commonly used in lures, from crankbaits through trolling lures to diamond jigs. A treble hook is usually attached to the lure via a split ring to give it free play, although some use hook eyes. Trebles can be effective also in certain fly designs, especially those that are made to resemble octopuses or squids.
While fish can obviously be caught and continue to be caught by using either of the methods of baiting a hook outlined above, the truth of the matter is that there is a better, more effective way. It involves using a second fishing hook and it is a method that I was taught for using a worm as bait many years ago by my fishing mentor. This man simply modified and downsized a rig that he had used while fishing in the ocean and created something he liked to call a set of gang hooks.