Dianne Collins Hooks May 15th, 2019 - 13:00:34
The first thing to consider when discussing any fishing hooks is their sharpness. You always want to make sure that your hooks are as sharp as possible. When hooks are purchased they are very sharp, but once they are used for a while they become dulled from baiting up, being drug along the bottom, and fish being caught. Once your fishing hooks become dull it causes you to "miss" fish. It's a good idea to change your hooks often or carry a hook sharpener to sharpen your hooks from time to time to ensure optimum sharpness. The bottom line is the sharper your hooks are the less fish you will "miss".
Circle hooks have created a debate in the last few years between anglers who fish rivers and those who fish lakes. When using circle hooks in rivers, I haven't had much trouble fishing in good current. Although they performed well in current, fishing calm water areas such as the big reservoirs I ply for giant blue cats, the hook design gave me a bit of a problem with the hook-up ratio in the slack water. I began having hook-up problems when I fished areas with no current because the bait wasn't held straight on the hook. Full circles were oftentimes double hooking back into the chunk or live baits causing me to miss a lot of fish. What would I do when I am anchor fishing in a lake with a lot of slack in my lines due to boat sway from the wind? I went back to my old standby treble and J-style hooks for quite awhile.
The plastic hooks are very advantageous in the fact that some types of wool will get caught on a hook, so if you tend to use a plastic hook, they will never get caught up in the wool (The plastic is smooth enabling you never to snag on your wool as you are pulling your wool through for the next stitch.). Plastic hooks are easier to come by, but sometimes plastic is not the answer. Plastic is also more inexpensive to purchase than the steel hooks, but to me, I prefer the steel hooks, so am willing to pay the bit extra to get what I want.
We have also moved away from "J" type hooks for our Guatemala fly-fishing rigs, essentially for the same reasons - now preferring to use beak hooks.
The "upturned beak" hooks have a little something in common with circle hooks that is worth mentioning here. Aside from the positive hooking mortality benefits that have made circle hooks so popular, they were also designed to pretty much work on their own in finding a soft spot to sink into, thus making hook setting not only unnecessary, but, counterproductive.
The size breakdown from smallest to largest looks like this: 32, 30, 28, 26, 24, 22, 20, 18, 16, 14, 12, 11, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 1, 1/0, 2/0, 3/0, 4/0, 5/0, 6/0, 7/0, 8/0, 9/0, 10/0, 11/0, 12/0, 13/0, 14/0, 15/0, 16/0, 17/0, 18/0, and 19/0.