Francisca Sykes Hooks May 08th, 2019 - 13:15:26
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.
Although it is difficult to police given the resources of the coastal patrol vessels, it is peer enforced by both the sportfishing industry and the commercial fishing operations in the waters. The longliners operate outside the territorial waters and so are more difficult to enforce - but certainly the ban within the patrolled waters has given the fishery off Guatemala a distinct advantage over neighboring countries.
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.
On the other hand, the flatted hooks have flat shank ends instead of eyes, the flat part to bar the snell knot from pulling out of the hook. Snelled flattened hooks are popular to light long-liner fishermen, but not to sportfishermen because the thin flattened end breaks rather easily. Also the flat end hurts one's finger when removing the hook from the fish.
I myself prefer the steel crochet hooks for a number of reasons. First of all, the sturdiest of hooks are the steel variety. For example, if you have a very tight stitch that you are trying to pull your next loop through, the plastic hooks will bend or even break whereas the steel hooks will do the job very nicely. Another advantage to the steel hooks (depending on the size you are using) is that if the hook does bend, you can easily bend that hook back into shape. As well, if someone (such as a grandson) decides to play with a crochet hook when your back is turned, they quickly seem to lose interest in a steel hook, whereas with a plastic hook, it could go in the toy box!
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.