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Hooks - Fishing Tackle Components

There are a huge variety of hooks out there from a multitude of different brands. Hooks of the same style will even vary in shape from manufacturer to manufacturer. Below are some of the most common used for both boat and land based fishing. In relation to hook sizing they can be labeled with a number (1 2 4 6 8…) or a number followed by a “/” and a “0” (1/0 2/0 3/0 …). If the hook is labeled with only a number, the size of hook decreases as the number increases; a size 8 hook is smaller than a size 2 hook. If the number is followed by the “/0”, the sizing scale is reversed; a size 1/0 hook is smaller than a size 5/0 hook. It pays to have a variety of hook types and sizes amongst your fishing tackle as different species and fishing methods will often call for different hooks.

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Circle or Recurve Hooks

Circle / recurve hooks are a relatively new addition to the recreational anglers fishing tackle, but, have in fact been used in the commercial fishing industry for quite some time. Circle / recurve hooks are designed so that the point of the hook curves back toward the hook shank. This has a couple of advantages over traditional J hooks. Firstly, because of the way the point is curved fish are very unlikely be gut hooked. This means that fish can be safely released and have a much higher chance of survival.  The circle hook will only catch on something that can fit between the gap in the point and the shank like the corner of a fishes mouth or its bottom jaw and this is where most fish end up being hooked when using these. The baited hook is swallowed by the fish and when it swims off the hook is pulled out until it catches in the corner of the mouth. The second main advantage of these hooks is that they are largely self setting and the angler does not need to strike when the fish takes. Generally the weight of the sinker and line will be enough and all the angle needs to do is gently put the pressure on and begin winding. This is especially useful when you have multiple rods out when in the boat or when you are fishing from the sure and have your rods in holders rather than been held by the angler.

J Hooks (O'Shaugnessy and Octopus)

When people are talking about fishing tackle and hooks specifically the j style hook is the one that most people will be familiar with. These types of hooks generally require the angler to strike the rod when a fish takes in order to set the hook. It is also a bit of a lottery where the hook will end up setting, it could be anywhere from the corner of the mouth to deep in the throat or gut cavity of the fish. Because of this J hooks are more likely to cause trauma to the fish and if you are intending to release they may not be the best option.

Khale Wide Gape Hooks

Khale hooks are a wide gape version of the circle/recurve hook. They offer the same advantages but enable the use of larger baits without having to us larger hook sizes. Because circle hooks points are angled back toward the shank it means they are able to hold less bait before their point becomes buried than the j style hooks. The khale wide gape overcomes this problem and means that a smaller hook size can be used to present the same bait. Definitely worth having a few of these in your fishing tackle box.

Worm Hooks

The worm hook is specifically designed to accommodate softbaits. The shape means the soft bait will be well presented on the hook and will not slip down the shank blocking the point. A very useful addition to you fishing tackle if you are looking at utilising the vast array of soft plastics that are available these days.