HOOKS

The hook is an essential part of catching fish just as the rod, reel or line are. There are a multitude of types to meet all needs. Sizes?  Shapes? Colours? Single or triple hook?  Find out about each of these characteristics to improve your understanding of this essential accessory. 
 
THE 5 PART HOOK
 
The eye or flattened area serves to attach the line to the hook. Learn how to attach the line to the hook here 
The shaft is shorter or longer depending on its usage.
The bend is located between the shank and the point of the hook. 
The barb stops the fish from becoming unhooked by itself. It can be flattened to remove the hook more easily. 
The point is used to stab the fish. 

SIZES, COLOURS AND SHAPES

Size 

The size of the hook is indicated by a number which increases as the size decreases. 
For example, a hook size 0 will be bigger than a size 10 hook. A 00 size is larger than a size 0 hook.
 
The size of the hook is not related to the size of the fish being sought. It is quite possible to catch a fish weighing over a kilo on a small hook of size 22.  Generally, it will depend more on the bait used.
 

Fine wire and strong wire

A "strong wire" hook is ideal for fishing bigger fish but will stab less easily than "a light wire" hook.

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Colours

There are several colours of hook:  
 
Bronze: this is the most versatile hook. Suitable for most fishing with natural bait as well as for preparing lures.
Red: For fishing with worms and other small bait. 
Blue: For catching small fish using maggots. 
Gold: For catching small fish using seeds. 

Retail

Round Hooks 

This type of hook makes it easier to bait worms on the hook.  Its rounded shape slightly increases the risk of dropping the fish.
 
Crystal Hooks
Excellent holding of the fish on the hook thanks to the particular shape of the curve. However, it is more difficult to bait a small worm. 
This is an excellent choice for fishing with seeds or pastes.
 
Reversed hooks

Its specific shape facilitates the strike and limits the fish becoming unhooked. This is an excellent hook for catching big fish. 

 

FROM SINGLE TO TRIPLE 
 
Single: For discrete rigs with live bait attached by the mouth. Ideal for zander and perch.
 
Ryder: For discrete rigs with live bait attached by the mouth.
 
Double: to be used when you "rig" the live bait using a needle.
 
Triple: less discreet, it sharply decreases the risk of the fish becoming unhooked. Perfect for big predators.

 

CHECK YOUR HOOKS
Inspect hooks before each use by checking the following points:
 
There should not be any areas of rust
The tips should not be broken or blunted in order to avoid the fish becoming unhooked
The hook must not be twisted

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If you observe any of these points on your hook, change it straight away. The blunt tip of large hooks can be sharpened with a small stone for this purpose.  
 
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