Types Of Fishing Hooks

As a beginner, it is important to understand the different types of fishing hooks in order to pick the one that is right for you. Hooks are different in their style and make up but they all perform the same function. The place you intend using the hook is a deciding factor to the kind of hook you go for. But the most important thing is to make sure you match the hook you choose with the right bait, otherwise things will not work out as you have envisaged.

Though there are different shapes and types of fishing hooks, they equally come in different sizes. Most people still don’t understand how fishing hooks are classified, but you need to take of this: When size comes before the hook’s number (as in size 8 hook) you are talking about a smaller hook. Those types of fishing hooks with smaller numbers are bigger than those with bigger numbers. For instance, a size 4 hook is bigger than a size 16 hook. Also, their numbers do not have odd numbers. You can only see even number sizes such as 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, and so on without odd numbers. But when the number comes after the “size”, you are using an aughts measuring style – the smaller the number the smaller the hook. This means that a size 16 hook is bigger than a size 4 hook.

There are two major types of fishing hooks: the J hooks and the circle hooks.

J hooks

They got their names because they share a striking resemblance to letter “J”. They are effective the way they are made because they can easily hook the mouth of the fish and hold something when pulled out. These types of fishing hooks have been used for a long period of time and are still very effective till today. J hooks differ in sizes and styles and not all of them are made the same. So, you have to go for a J hook that will catch the type of fish you want. Fishes with smaller mouths will not be caught with a small J hook. So, ensure you know the mouth sizes of the type of fish you want to catch before getting its right J hook.

Circle hooks

They equally have similar sizes like the J hook and are also available in different range. These types of fishing hooks are most frequently used to catch salt water fish because of their design and effectiveness. But its effective use requires a mastery of techniques that are different from the conventional J fishing hook techniques.

There are two ways to make your purchase when looking for different types of fishing hooks. You can either buy them separately or buy a single pack that contains different types of fishing hooks. Obviously the most affordable one is the purchase of a single pack with different hooks. Apart from the type of hook, you also need to consider the different size ranges and buy one that suites your need perfectly. A larger hook might present a problem for you while using it. On the other hand, using a little hook may lead to swallowed hooks, making it hard to remove and putting the fish in danger.