Francesca Farley Hooks May 15th, 2019 - 13:28:55
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.
Although it is difficult to police given the resources of the coastal patrol vessels, it is peer enforced by both the sportfishing industry and the commercial fishing operations in the waters. The longliners operate outside the territorial waters and so are more difficult to enforce - but certainly the ban within the patrolled waters has given the fishery off Guatemala a distinct advantage over neighboring countries.
Setting the hook, especially aggressively, with this style hook will almost surely make the hook slide and miss initially, and oftentimes into a place where it's being firmly held by the strong grip of the sailfish and not embedded in the fleshy parts. It actually feels like you've stuck the fish well in most instances. However, a gradual tightening of the line with steady pressure almost always lets the hook find its mark. It's the same with "J" style hooks, however, the advantage in sharpness out of the box goes to today's upturned beak style hooks, and, they almost never straighten out based on the physics
We have also moved away from "J" type hooks for our Guatemala fly-fishing rigs, essentially for the same reasons - now preferring to use beak hooks.
The plastic hooks are very advantageous in the fact that some types of wool will get caught on a hook, so if you tend to use a plastic hook, they will never get caught up in the wool (The plastic is smooth enabling you never to snag on your wool as you are pulling your wool through for the next stitch.). Plastic hooks are easier to come by, but sometimes plastic is not the answer. Plastic is also more inexpensive to purchase than the steel hooks, but to me, I prefer the steel hooks, so am willing to pay the bit extra to get what I want.
Of a unique style is the offset hooks, which have points bent either left or right (kirbed or reversed). The offset point is believed to hook faster and surer, since the point will bite any way the hook is mouthed by the fish.