Dawn Garrison Hooks May 10th, 2019 - 13:00:40
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.
This was based on a substantial amount of data that has demonstrated dramatically lower mortality rates when using circle hooks (2%) versus standard J hooks (almost 50%). This data has held true also for Guatemala when studies have been done by the sportfishing fleet using circle hooks. J-hooks in the past have been utilized for conventional fishing - casting plugs, trolling and bait fishing.When fishing with these type of hooks, it is usually necessary to "set" the hook using a strong upward movement of the fishing pole which conducts a strong force down to the hook and so drives the point and the barb in to any available soft tissue.
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.
BAITHOLDER Baitholder Hooks - These are very widely used by sea anglers. These are good hooks for worm bait they have a ringed eye and have 2 slices or barbs in the shank to assist with holding the bait up the shank of the hook.
As a consequence, if the fish has taken the bait past the bony elements of the outer mouth, there is a high probability of the hook catching and setting in soft tissue deep within the fish's gut or even in or close to vital organs.In the case of circle hooks however, instead of "setting" the hook by jerking the rod, the angler must apply steady pressure to the line, bringing it in slowly but steadily. If the angler jerks the rod to set the hook, the hook will often pull out of the fish's mouth and the angler will lose the fish. This is a technique that is somewhat counter-intuitive, and when faced with the thrill of a large billfish at close quarters is often easy to forget in the heat of the moment!
First, use common sense. As simple as that may sound, I can't tell you the number of times I have seen people make some really bad hook choices. Match the hook size with the fish! Second, use some trial and error and learn from your mistakes. No one became a good fisherman overnight. All of us had to learn either from someone else or by trial and error. Thirdly, get a good brand of hook, such as Sakuma or Mustad. Try to avoid cheap hooks for the reason that they are just not up for the job, you don't want to let that fish of a life time get away because of a crap hook bend out on you! If you are going to spend any money on Terminal tackle you hooks should be the number one first choice.