Cecilia Foley Hooks May 09th, 2019 - 13:09:50
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.
Round hooks. These are the egg hooks and tuna circle hooks. The egg hook is a small short-shanked hook with a turned-out or turned-in eye almost exclusively used in river or lake fishing for trout using salmon egg as bait. Since salmon eggs bounce along the river bottom as they drift with the current, egg hooks are used so as not to impair this movement and impart an unnatural look to the bait eggs.
This might sound like a strange title for an article, but it seems to me that most people don't realize 'how to bait a hook'. Of course they can "thread" a worm or mold some synthetic bait onto a single hook, but is this really the most effective way to bait a hook? No it's not, it's just the way baiting a hook has been done for eons. The funny thing is that doing the way things have always been done, is rarely the best way to do something, and baiting a hook is no different.
Offset circle hooks however, carry a much higher mortality rate than non-offset circle hooks, as the offset itself leads to many of the problems associated with "J" type hooks - specifically having a propensity to catch and penetrate any soft tissue that it comes into contact with.A study by the Marine Resources Research Institute shows the deep-hooking rate of offset circle hooks is 23%, significantly higher than non-offset circle hooks and also have a mortality rate approaching that of "J" type hooks.
So you are ready to bait your hook. It sounds very easy but are you really baiting your hook correctly? Below are some common bait varieties and suggested ways to apply them to your hook.
A Kahle hook has a severe bend in the shank and is largely used for live bait - crawfish, baitfish and shrimp- as well as stink baits. The Skip Gap Worm hook is bent a few times at the shank near the eye to better hold plastic baits such as worms, grubs and newts. The bait is flipped under wood piers and docks or around weeds so a good hold is imperative.