Cecilia Foley Hooks May 11th, 2019 - 12:56:19
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.
Long shanked hooks. Mostly Limerick, Aberdeen and similar styles, are thin-wire hooks with long shanks and dark colors, from red to black. Some have small burrs at the back of the shank to hold the bait and may have turned-in or turned-out eye. Used primarily to catch soft-mouth fishes like river carp, but also effective for flounder and other flatfishes. This hook style is popular in Great Britain and European coarse fishing.
After I began to use the hook, I found out in short order that a quick, had jerk wasn't the ticket to hooking blues manually with circles. As soon as we started using a long sweep of the rod, we started hooking fish that weren't being very cooperative. Fish would move to the boat, away from the boat, along side the boat - every direction you could imagine and we were catching them just as good if not better once we learned good circle hook technique.
Multi-hooks. A tandem hook is a hook with a smaller no-eye one welded into it. It is used as stinger hook: attached to the main hook with a short leader, then the tandem's smaller hook is pushed into the tail part of the (usually live) bait to catch wary fishes that attack only the rear part of the bait.
In the beginning, all one needs in fishing is a hook and a line. But today different fishing conditions require different tackle, and hook styles were invented in reply to fit them. Yet even so, many styles are multifunctional although developed for their own particular purposes. Therefore we shall discuss only the general styles though variations for each exist in the fishing industry.
With a set of gang hooks a live worm can be presented in a completely natural and outstretched manner. And since the hooks are small, many more fish are actually hooked. So, with a set of gang hooks not only is the bait (in this case a live worm) presented naturally, it's also presented in a manner in which the bait is much more effective. Gang hooks truly provide a win-win situation.