Francisca Sykes Hooks May 02nd, 2019 - 12:13:02
Circle hooks and J-hooks are the two most commonly found types of saltwater bait hooks. There is an ongoing debate by saltwater anglers as to whether circle hooks are better than J-hooks and I believe each have their own advantages when fishing in different conditions and scenarios. Saltwater hooks often come pre-sharpened and are designed to corrode over time, causing little harm to those fish that were lucky enough to have won a battle with a heart-broken fisherman.
Circle hooks have rapidly gained popularity over the recent years. These hooks are characterized by their similarities to the letter G. Circle hooks can be very effective when targeting fish species with sharp teeth, as they are designed to set in the corner of the mouth, away from any line chewing teeth. This type of hook can become quite expensive, as many come laser sharpened to increase their effectiveness. The disadvantage of this type of bait hook is that it is extremely difficult to pin your bait on a circle hook and should be used mostly for fishing with big baits.
General purpose hooks. Exemplified by the round haddock, O'Shaughnessy and flatted hooks in their varied styles. Round haddock hooks have large eyes turned along the hook bend and point. Considered not as effective as others but almost perfect for multi-hook trolling flies, since the tinsel or fiber can be threaded through the large eye to hold them more securely. Still remains popular in many areas.
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.
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.
Of a unique style is the offset hooks, which have points bent either left or right (kirbed or reversed). The offset point is believed to hook faster and surer, since the point will bite any way the hook is mouthed by the fish.