Cecilia Foley Hooks May 15th, 2019 - 12:59:24
A common misconception is that small trout hooks (size 8 to 12) aren't large enough to hook and land large trout. This is simply not true. Very large trout can and are hooked and landed using trout fishing hooks that are quite small. If you don't believe me, just ask any seasoned fly fisherman. Flea flickers have to use hooks that are very small to match certain hatches. Just as a reference, I regularly hook and land trout in the 3-5 pound range using size 10 gang hooks. When it comes to trout fishing hooks in most instances smaller is better.
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.
These hooks can be used in any type of fishing situation where a worm will be used as bait such as; drift fishing, fishing on the bottom, or while even suspending a worm under a float. The bottom line is that because a worm is thin and long the only way to hook a worm where that worm appears to the fish as it should in nature is to use a set of gang hooks. The second hook also tends to act as a safety net when the fish are biting the second half of the worm, rather than the top where the first hook is. In normal situations when a fish does this they steal you worm. But with a set of gang hooks these "short striking" fish get hooked. In any case if you want to know how to bait a hook with a worm, the answer is as simple as adding a second hook to the equation and using what my mentor referred to as a set of gang hooks.
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.
One of the first and definitive moves that the authorities made in their policy towards sport fishing for billfish in Guatemala was the early adoption of circle hooks, and the banning of "J" type hooks for conventional fishing.This policy combined with a strict ban on killing billfish within the territorial waters of Guatemala has resulted in a renowned and sustainable billfish fishery off the Pacific Coast of Guatemala.
Hooks are hooks in most anglers' minds. They figure they either need a big one or a small one, depending on the fish they are pursuing. Lots of anglers go through life completely missing the importance of using not only the right size sea hook, but probably most importantly the right type of sea hook.