Cecilia Foley Hooks May 15th, 2019 - 13:14:24
The basic problem with baiting a hook with a worm is that a worms body is thin and long and a fishing hook in much smaller and shorter than the length of a worms body. This means that one of two things will happen when a fishing hook is baited with a worm; either the worm is hooked over and over again (thus creating what I refer to as a worm ball) or an attempt is made at threading the worm onto a fishing hook in an attempt to make the worm appear more lifelike. These are the two ways that fishermen have been baiting their hook with a worm since some guy who wanted to catch a fish found a live worm under a log and said to themselves, "Maybe those fish will eat this thing".
Special design hooks. These are the keel hooks, jig, Kahle, and offset hooks. Keel (worm) hooks, those with shanks double-bent just below the eye so the point will ride upward, used primarily for saltwater flies and for soft-plastic worms in freshwater fishing. Jig hooks are bent in 90 degrees or so just below the eye which then makes the point to ride up. The lead weight is molded around the shank bend, making the jig virtually weedless.
My personal favourites are Sakuma Singers and Mustad Worm hooks for flatfish and Mustad Aberdeen and Ultra Point Bass Hooks for Bottom Fishing for Huss off the rocks where a stronger hook is needed but a larger gape for bigger baits is required.
I've been fishing for trout for more than 20 years and have learned how important my hooks are to trout fishing. When I was a rookie trout fisherman, just beginning to learn the ropes so to speak, I was introduced to gang hooks. I'll discuss gang hooks later in this article, but this fishing hook configuration changed the way I looked at trout fishing hooks forever.
Traditionally found in silver and bronze, manufacturers have recently introduced lines of red circle and j-hooks. These are designed to create a wounded bait perception, with the red creating the illusion of a bleeding fish. I have found that these can be extremely effective in tough fishing conditions. Also, both freshwater and saltwater anglers should try the ringed hooks on their next adventure. This ingenious hook addition allows for better and livelier bait presentation, promotes longevity and most importantly, keeps your bait in the bite zone for substantially longer periods of time, a key ingredient to getting bit.
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.