Dianne Collins Hooks May 02nd, 2019 - 11:55:43
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.
Hooks are hooks in most anglers' minds. They figure they either need a big one or a small one, depending on the fish they are pursuing. Lots of anglers go through life completely missing the importance of using not only the right size sea hook, but probably most importantly the right type of sea hook.
As a matter of fact, I will not go live bait fishing without multiple sets of pre-tied gang hooks. They are as much a part of my fishing repertoire as any of my fishing gear. When it comes to baiting a hook, gang hooks are the only way to go. I know, from experience, that gang hooks will out fish single hooks by a factor of at least 2 to 1. I'll take those odds every day of the week, and so should you.
Circle hooks and J-hooks are the two most commonly found types of saltwater bait hooks. There is an ongoing debate by saltwater anglers as to whether circle hooks are better than J-hooks and I believe each have their own advantages when fishing in different conditions and scenarios. Saltwater hooks often come pre-sharpened and are designed to corrode over time, causing little harm to those fish that were lucky enough to have won a battle with a heart-broken fisherman.
Finally, to all of you who are new to fishing, try taking these examples and build your learning experiences upon them. Trial and error are often the best teachers in any skill.
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.