Sheila Beach Hooks May 01st, 2019 - 13:00:20
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.
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.
A common misconception is that small trout hooks (size 8 to 12) aren't large enough to hook and land large trout. This is simply not true. Very large trout can and are hooked and landed using trout fishing hooks that are quite small. If you don't believe me, just ask any seasoned fly fisherman. Flea flickers have to use hooks that are very small to match certain hatches. Just as a reference, I regularly hook and land trout in the 3-5 pound range using size 10 gang hooks. When it comes to trout fishing hooks in most instances smaller is better.
Fish hooks also come in several types. Knowing a few of the more popular ones and their uses can help you be successful:
Special design hooks. These are the keel hooks, jig, Kahle, and offset hooks. Keel (worm) hooks, those with shanks double-bent just below the eye so the point will ride upward, used primarily for saltwater flies and for soft-plastic worms in freshwater fishing. Jig hooks are bent in 90 degrees or so just below the eye which then makes the point to ride up. The lead weight is molded around the shank bend, making the jig virtually weedless.
I also have heard comments in that it depends on what you have learned to crochet with - you tend to stick to the same types of hooks. I don't find this to be true and I have given a great deal of thought to this matter. For example, a plastic or wooden crochet hook is acceptable for an afghan, whereas the same type of hook may not be acceptable for a doily or even a bedspread.