Dianne Collins Hooks May 15th, 2019 - 13:03:24
Trevor Kugler is co-founder of JRWfishing a website focused on river and stream fishing with a focus on drift fishing with ultralight tackle. He has more than 25 years experience fishing for all types of fish, and has spent much of that time fishing for the beautiful fish known as trout.
If you are a beginner at angling it is often easy to make to the wrong choices when it comes to selecting your fishing hook, this is no surprise as there are literally hundreds of different hooks of all different shapes and sizes available on the market today. The manufacturers have tried to make it easier and on many packets the buyer can clearly see what type of fish and also what type of bait they are designed for.
Now for the size of your trout hooks. This rule is for those of you who like to use bait. Many trout fishermen use fishing hooks that are much too large when fishing for trout with bait. As a matter of fact most anglers use hooks that are much too large when fishing with bait in general, not just when fishing for trout. The bottom line is that your fishing hooks should match your bait. The focus of the offering should be the bait, and not the hooks, which means using small hooks.
Tuna hooks are almost circular hooks with just holes in the shank-end for the eyes, and a curved-in point. Contrary to its name, these are not for tuna fishing but mostly used for deepwater bottom fishing. The circular configuration makes it difficult for the hooked fish to dislodge the hook once caught due to three barriers: the barb, the turned-in point and the shank end. Theoretically, circle hooks do not catch the fish in the gut or throat, but in the mouth, so that releasing them is easier.
CIRCLE Perhaps the best innovation in hooks to come along, circle hooks promote healthy catch and release. The design of the hook itself, when used properly, prevents fish from being hooked in the gut. Many sea anglers have a problem using these hooks because they require no hook set. If you do try to set the hook, it will generally come out of the mouth of the fish. These hooks are designed to move to the corner of the fish's mouth and set themselves as the fish swims away from you. Anglers feel a bite and simply begin reeling, slowly at first, then faster as the hook gets set.
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.