Different types of fishing hooks and when to use them

When fishing it’s necessary to understand the different types of fishing hooks and what they are used for. This will not only make your fishing experience a whole lot easier but it will also make it more enjoyable.

First you would need to understand the anatomy of the fishing hook. A hook consists of:

  1. An eye for where the line passes through

  2. The bend is the curved section of the hook

  3. The Shank, which is the connection between the bend and the eye

  4. The Gauge is the diameter of the hooks wire

  5. And finally the end of the fishing hook is The Point of no return

Now we know the general anatomy of the hook, we can better understand the different types of hooks in fishing.

  • Circle hook: a sharply curved bend almost circular shaped hook. This hook is used when practising your fishing methods .

  • Wide gap: a hook that has a wider gap between the point and the shank. This hook is very durable and would be a good choice of hook for catching bigger fish.

  • Crystal bend: a hook where the bend is more forward, closer to the point of the hook. This hook is used if you want an increased amount of bites because the bait sits closer to the point

  • Long Shank: a hook with a longer shank. This is a good hook for grip, it can be used to apply more pressure on the hold of the hook. It’s also easily removable from the fishes mouth

  • J-hook: Looks like a J means it’s a J-hook. It is a hook with a straight shank, this is a great hook when you are planning on going freshwater fishing and using live bait.

Something Else to keep in mind is whether you’re using a barbed or a barbless hook. A barb is a small extra point near the main point. It makes the catch easier and makes it more difficult for the hook to come out. Drop a line because it’s time to enjoy your fishing adventures.