Francisca Sykes Hooks May 09th, 2019 - 13:29:11
I myself prefer the steel crochet hooks for a number of reasons. First of all, the sturdiest of hooks are the steel variety. For example, if you have a very tight stitch that you are trying to pull your next loop through, the plastic hooks will bend or even break whereas the steel hooks will do the job very nicely. Another advantage to the steel hooks (depending on the size you are using) is that if the hook does bend, you can easily bend that hook back into shape. As well, if someone (such as a grandson) decides to play with a crochet hook when your back is turned, they quickly seem to lose interest in a steel hook, whereas with a plastic hook, it could go in the toy box!
My personal favourites are Sakuma Singers and Mustad Worm hooks for flatfish and Mustad Aberdeen and Ultra Point Bass Hooks for Bottom Fishing for Huss off the rocks where a stronger hook is needed but a larger gape for bigger baits is required.
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.
Whichever hook you prefer to use, remember that when setting the hook, two different methods should be utilized depending on the type of fishing hook being used. J-hooks should be set with a solid swing of the rod, while circle hooks should be allowed to set themselves with a simple engaging of the fishing reel. The pull and tug of the fish will cause a circle hook to slide down into the corner of the mouth and embed securely. Swinging the rod to set the hook with a circle hook will often lead to a pulled hook and disappointed anglers.This is one of the hardest things to remember when fishing with circle hooks. The adrenaline-rush from being picked up or bit causes most inexperienced anglers to immediately swing the rod in an attempt to hook the fish. Instead, anglers should calmly engage the reel, the same with both spinning and conventional reels, and slowly begin winding down into the fish, until the fish begins to pull drag from the reel. Only then should the angler lift the rod to begin the fight.
The strength is also important; using a larger fishing hook makes it easier for the angler to bully much larger fish away from snags and reeds in order to get them on the bank. The strength can usually be found on packet. Generally the thicker the Gauge of the wire used, then the stronger it will be. Quite often you will see packets marked 'Forged', these hooks are incredibly strong and unbendable.
Offset circle hooks however, carry a much higher mortality rate than non-offset circle hooks, as the offset itself leads to many of the problems associated with "J" type hooks - specifically having a propensity to catch and penetrate any soft tissue that it comes into contact with.A study by the Marine Resources Research Institute shows the deep-hooking rate of offset circle hooks is 23%, significantly higher than non-offset circle hooks and also have a mortality rate approaching that of "J" type hooks.