Fishing Hooks


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The fishing hook is a pointed piece of metal shaped like a question mark.  Each hook has a sharp point designed to pierce the mouth of a striking fish, and a barb, a small reverse point designed to keep the fish on the hook.  Each hook also has a shank, a straight shaft that is topped with a loop, or eye, that attaches to the fishing line.  Anglers usually hide the hook by stringing the bait over the point and around the shank. When the fish takes the bait in its mouth, the angler sets the hook with a quick pull, and the fish is on.


Types of Hooks

Colored Fishing Hooks have been gaining in popularity over the last several years.  While red seems to be most anglers’ favorite choice, there are plenty of other options on the market as well.

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Circle Hooks – A circle hook is a type of hook that is sharply curved back in a circular shape.  It has become a very popular hook because it does a good job of hooking fish and the hook is rarely swallowed.  Most of the time, the circle hook will end up hooking the fish on the lips, which is essential if you are planning on releasing the fish to fight another day.

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Plastic Worm Hooks are hooks that are specifically made for rigging plastic worms.  Other soft plastics are also used on these hooks, but the hooks are made to fit plastic worms.  These hooks are longer so the hook can run a couple of inches into the worm before the hook exposes itself.

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Weedless Plastic Worm Hooks have a weed guard that helps anglers work their soft plastic baits (especially plastic worms) through various types of weeds, sticks and other cover.

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Treble Hooks are a very popular type of hook.  Three hooks are actually attached to one main shaft with one eyelet.  Basically, you get three hooks all in one.  Treble hooks are more common on a variety of fishing lures, but some anglers do use treble hooks with live bait as well.

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Wide Gap Hooks are exactly what their name implies:  a fishing hook with a wide gap in between the curved point and the main shaft of the hook.  They work well for using bigger baits such as shiners, creek chubs, suckers, cut bait, jumbo shrimp and a variety of different bait fish.

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Barbless Hooks

A type of hook which does not have a barb on the pointed end.  Barbless hooks are easier to set in the jaw of the fish and make it easier to release a fish unharmed.

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Trailer Hooks

A trailer hook is just an extra hook that you can add to your jighead, hook or lure like a spinnerbait, buzzbait or jig to help you get more hook-ups from fish that may miss your main hook.

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Shiner Hooks

Shiner Hooks are usually wide gap hooks that are made specifically for anglers that like to fish with large shiners.  There are also smaller golden shiners, but most anglers don’t think of specific shiner hooks for using the smaller shiners.  Most smaller hooks will get the job done with the smaller minnows.  When it comes to fishing with large shiners (like you see in Florida), anglers will refer to shiner hooks as hooks that work for these huge bait fish that are up to 12 inches long.  These hooks will also work for other types of baits like creek chubs, suckers, live jumbo shrimp and other types of large baitfish.

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Wide Gap Hooks

Wide gap hooks are exactly what their name implies:  a fishing hook with a wide gap in between the curved point and the main shaft of the hook.  They work well for using bigger baits such as shiners, creek chubs, suckers, cut bait, jumbo shrimp and a variety of different bait fish.

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