How to Choose the Right Hook

Trapper Tackle Dropshot/Live Bait/Finesse Trapper Hooks

In recent articles, we discussed different types of line, rods and reels. All of these are important and work together as a team to help you catch fish, but without a hook on the end of your line you really can’t expect to ever get “hooked up.” Whether you are fishing with live bait or artificial, there are several different types out there to choose from. Here are a few of my favorites. 


Hooks for artificials 

There are tons of hooks designed for use with soft-plastic lures. For the most part, you can use two different hooks with almost every type. The idea with soft plastics is to be able to rig the bait weedless so it can be fished in the thick cover where bass live. 


1. Offset worm – This style has a small bend at the front of the hook that helps keep the bait in place and keeps it from pulling down when fish bite or when fishing through cover. The angle of the collar and bend of the hook also help the bait remain streamlined and straight. This style works great with worms and thinner soft plastics. 


2. Straight shank – Unlike the offset bend, a straight-shank hook does not have any kind of bend near the eye. Instead, there is usually a barb that helps keep the bait from sliding down. Most straight-shank hooks are thicker and stronger than other hooks for using in very heavy cover. It’s a great style for flipping and pitching thicker baits. 


Hooks for live bait 

Live bait fishing can be extremely fun, but without the correct hook you’ll spend more time rebaiting than you will actually fishing. 


1. Bait keeper – This hook feature a straight shank similar to the ones that we talked about for artificials. However, a series of small barbs on the shank help to hold the bait in place. This hook works best with different types of worms. 


2. Circle hook – This hook can be used for many situations, but works especially well with minnows, cut bait, small worms and crickets. The cool thing about a circle hook is that you don’t have to do the typical hookset to drive the hook point into the mouth of a fish. The design of the hook allows it to turn and work its way into the mouth of the fish with light, constant pressure. To set the hook, simply apply low pressure and/or reel slowly. Because a fish can essentially set the hook on itself, a circle hook is a great option when fishing with more than one rod. 


I hope this helps you choose the best type of hook for your favorite method of fishing. Good luck the next time you hit the water. 

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