A fishing hook is one of the most important implements used by fishermen. It’s responsible for landing the fish you’re after, such as bass, walleye, trout, salmon, and more. Much like other hunting equipment from bows to knives and spear guns to flashlights, a fishing hook must be chosen carefully according to your intended use.
The best fishing hook must meet at least three standards. It must be strong, sharp, and well designed for the job it’s meant to perform. Let’s learn a bit more about each of these three qualities so you can make an informed choice on the hooks to purchase.
When it comes to hooks, strength is important because many fish are very powerful swimmers and can be dangerous when caught by an angler. Their mouths contain many sharp teeth capable of severing a fishing line or breaking a strong hook free, especially if the fish is angry. When you go shopping for hooks, the strongest choice will be one in which the shank, or body of the hook, is made out of steel rather than aluminum or brass.
There are many ways to make a fishing hook, but the simple ones are the best. When you find yourself shopping for fishing hooks, it’s wise to pick up a pair of pliers and play with the metal before making your selection. You can also try gripping the shank between your fingers and bending it before loosening it from the rod or handle.
The best fishing hooks in this regard will have as few bends as possible so that they’ll break free when you want them to. But, if you have small hands and want your hooks to be as strong as possible, then bend your shanks yourself using the pliers or wear gloves if you don’t mind being wrapped around some live line.
Another important aspect of a fishing hook is its sharpness. It’s very easy to overlook this factor because you’ll be judging your hooks by only one thing – the sharpness of their points. That’s just one part of the three-dimensional structure, however, so don’t forget that there’s a sharpening system on the rear side, too.
A good hook point will have two very acute edges that meet at a very specific angle. A sharpening system on the opposite side will create an extremely strong point that won’t bend or break easily when you put enough pressure on it during an active fish pulling away from you. A good tip for testing sharpness is to use a magnifying glass.
The final thing you need to know about the best fishing hooks is their design. The standard in this case refers to the shape of the eye or hole on top of the hook through which your fishing line is tied. There are many different styles available, but scientists have determined that round eyes, as opposed to an octagon or oval shapes, are best suited for absorbing pressure from a fish once it’s been hooked.
When you’re buying your fishing hooks online or in stores located near you, look at several different types of eyes and consider which ones you think will be able to perform their job most easily and with the least dents and broken eyes.
If you live in an area that has very harsh weather conditions, such as wet and windy regions of the Pacific Northwest or upstate New York, it’s best to choose hard metal hooks with round eyes because they’ll hold up better against salt and moisture exposure.
Also, if your targets are smaller fish like panfish or trout in which you’re mostly trying to land its body rather than its head, you should choose a longer shank on your hook so that there’s as little space between your line and the zoom as possible.
You don’t want too sharp a point on these fish because trout have thick lips that act as a cushion instead of letting your hook slide into their mouths. So, you should choose a hook with a point that’s in between too blunt and too sharp.
You can also buy single-hook fishing kits on the Internet, which are pre-packaged sets of hooks and jigs. These kits are great tools for beginners to learn how to fish because they contain all the tools needed to catch the right type of fish.