Francesca Farley Hooks May 11th, 2019 - 13:08:30
Now for the size of your trout hooks. This rule is for those of you who like to use bait. Many trout fishermen use fishing hooks that are much too large when fishing for trout with bait. As a matter of fact most anglers use hooks that are much too large when fishing with bait in general, not just when fishing for trout. The bottom line is that your fishing hooks should match your bait. The focus of the offering should be the bait, and not the hooks, which means using small hooks.
It's not just pure fishing luck that makes the difference in all sea anglers catching more than you. Most of the time it's the hook choice you make on the day. A thick forged hook is not the right choice for small fish, fish with small mouths or soft lipped fish. A thin Aberdeen wire hook that can penetrate quickly in the inside of the mouth would be a better choice however you would also need a hook that holds its strength and shape.
With a set of gang hooks a live worm can be presented in a completely natural and outstretched manner. And since the hooks are small, many more fish are actually hooked. So, with a set of gang hooks not only is the bait (in this case a live worm) presented naturally, it's also presented in a manner in which the bait is much more effective. Gang hooks truly provide a win-win situation.
Trevor Kugler is co-founder of JRWfishing a website focused on river and stream fishing with a focus on drift fishing with ultralight tackle. He has more than 25 years experience fishing for all types of fish, and has spent much of that time fishing for the beautiful fish known as trout.
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.
The key to baiting a hook in the proper manner is to think smaller. You see, when you employ smaller hooks, said hooks can be tied in tandem, thus creating a set of gang hooks. And a set of gang hooks is the best way to bait a hook. Lets take using live worms as an example. The old way of baiting a hook consisted of attempting to "thread" a worm onto a single hook that entirely too large in an effort to make said worm appear somewhat natural. Baiting a hook in this manner, although popular, usually results is smaller fish "picking" your worm to pieces without ever being hooked.