It’s often a quagmire for beginners when selecting fishing hooks; but it doesn’t have to be complicated. It’s important to understand that some hooks work better than others with particular baits or plastic lures that require rigging. A night-crawler presented to a large-mouth bass excels when placed on a hook that matches the size of the bait, and the fish it’s intended to catch. But you can seldom predict from one trip to the next exactly what hooks a situation will call for.
The solution is an easy one – buy variety packs of fishing hooks, or buy a range of separate hooks that will work for your fishing location. Begin assembling a range of hooks, from tiny to large, and in a few styles. If you can, buy both J-hooks and circle-hooks. You want to be ready to catch whatever fish presents itself, with whatever bait is available and required . Using too small a hook will result in swallowed hooks; making the hook difficult to remove and endangering the fish. A fishing hook that is too large will look unnatural and may be avoided by the fish.
Although hooks come in a range of shapes and styles, they also come in a tremendous range of sizes. The classification system for hooks confuses some people, but here is what you need to know: When you use the word “size’ before you give the number of the hook, you are dealing with smaller hooks (as in – size 6 hook). the higher the number, the smaller the hook. A size 6 hook is much bigger than a size 28 hook. Hook sizes are counted by twos (14, 12, 10, 8, etc.) with no odd numbers until size 1. the measuring system then changes at 1 to the system called the aughts (written 1/0, 2/0, and so on) in which the zero is pronounced old style, as aught. In the aughts, the higher the number, the bigger the hook. So a size 28 is tiny, a size 1 is bigger, and a 2/0 is bigger still.