Ladonna Mckee Hooks May 02nd, 2019 - 12:32:19
J-hooks are the hooks many anglers refer to when they speak of a fishing bait hook. They are the ones that are shaped and resemble the letter J, thus the name J-hook. The fishing line is thread through the eye of the hook and then tied with the appropriate knot. J-hooks come in barbed and barb-less versions for those who like to practice catch and release. J-hooks should match in size to line class, fishing tackle and the type of bait being used.
In sea fishing in the UK, average range is from a Size 1 to a Size 10/0 been a boat hook. For example Mackerel fishing, you should be using a size 1/0 hook, for Pollack from the shore you could use a size 3/0 or 4/0 and also you can use this size for most bottom fishing needs. Flatfish you are better off using a size 1 or 1/0 due to their small mouths. Remember all of these hooks come in a short, regular, or long shank version. The shank of the hook is the part between the eye of the hook and the bend. For example long shanks are very well suited for Sandeel baits, Lug or Rag threaded up the shank for a more natural presentation.
Depending on the type of fish you want to catch the size and strength will vary. For example, if you are fishing for smaller fish (Rudd, Roach, Perch and small Bream) then a smaller hook produced from fine wire would be the perfect choice. The sizes of these fishing hooks should be between 18-22. If you are targeting much larger and hard fighting fish you will want a much stronger and bigger hook. Most anglers tend to use them from sizes 12 - 4, depending on which type of fish they are targeting.
The bottom line is if you want to know how to bait a hook, I mean really bait a hook, the answer is through the use of gang hooks. The real way to bait a hook is to use smaller hooks, and not only that but use two of them as well. The gang hook system was taught to me more than twenty years ago by a trout fishing master, and I've personally used them ever since.
LIVE BAIT These hooks generally have a shorter shank than other hooks. Whether that is to allow the live bait to swim more freely or to be less apparent to the fish is debatable. My vote is to allow the bait to swim more freely. These hooks come in regular and circle designs. Regular live bait hooks will be swallowed and result in gut hooks most of the time. Circle live bait hooks provide a greater chance for a good release.
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.