Jean Buckner Hooks May 14th, 2019 - 13:18:20
The key to baiting a hook in the proper manner is to think smaller. You see, when you employ smaller hooks, said hooks can be tied in tandem, thus creating a set of gang hooks. And a set of gang hooks is the best way to bait a hook. Lets take using live worms as an example. The old way of baiting a hook consisted of attempting to "thread" a worm onto a single hook that entirely too large in an effort to make said worm appear somewhat natural. Baiting a hook in this manner, although popular, usually results is smaller fish "picking" your worm to pieces without ever being hooked.
This was based on a substantial amount of data that has demonstrated dramatically lower mortality rates when using circle hooks (2%) versus standard J hooks (almost 50%). This data has held true also for Guatemala when studies have been done by the sportfishing fleet using circle hooks. J-hooks in the past have been utilized for conventional fishing - casting plugs, trolling and bait fishing.When fishing with these type of hooks, it is usually necessary to "set" the hook using a strong upward movement of the fishing pole which conducts a strong force down to the hook and so drives the point and the barb in to any available soft tissue.
I've been fishing for trout for more than 20 years and have learned how important my hooks are to trout fishing. When I was a rookie trout fisherman, just beginning to learn the ropes so to speak, I was introduced to gang hooks. I'll discuss gang hooks later in this article, but this fishing hook configuration changed the way I looked at trout fishing hooks forever.
Long shanked hooks. Mostly Limerick, Aberdeen and similar styles, are thin-wire hooks with long shanks and dark colors, from red to black. Some have small burrs at the back of the shank to hold the bait and may have turned-in or turned-out eye. Used primarily to catch soft-mouth fishes like river carp, but also effective for flounder and other flatfishes. This hook style is popular in Great Britain and European coarse fishing.
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!
One of the first and definitive moves that the authorities made in their policy towards sport fishing for billfish in Guatemala was the early adoption of circle hooks, and the banning of "J" type hooks for conventional fishing.This policy combined with a strict ban on killing billfish within the territorial waters of Guatemala has resulted in a renowned and sustainable billfish fishery off the Pacific Coast of Guatemala.