8 Types of Fishing Hooks Every Fisherman Should Own

A person doesn’t have to be a seasoned fisherman or even a novice to know that different types of fish and different styles of fishing call for different hooks. The basic hook has an eye, which is attached to the line, a shank, which is the straight part of the hook that runs from the eye to the first bend of the curve. The size of the hook is determined by the length of the shank. The gap is the distance between the first bend of the hook and the last bend. The point is the sharp end of the hook, and the barb is a spine that makes sure the hook is secure in the fish’s mouth. Here are eight types of hooks every fisherman should own:

1. Siwash Hook
This is a hook for all types of gamefish, especially if they are caught and released. Most Siwash hooks come with an opened eye.

2. Carolina Rig Hook
These hooks are for both largemouth and smallmouth bass. They are light to allow the bait to be able to float on the bottom and have wide gaps to allow them to hold on to larger bait such as lizards.

3. Mosquito Hook
Also called drop shot hooks, these hooks take a light line and are also used to catch largemouth and smallmouth bass.

4. Bait Holder Hooks
These are popular hooks with several barbs on the shanks that can hold bait securely and keep it from sliding. Bait holder hooks are used to catch bass, trout, panfish, catfish and walleye.

5. Treble Hooks
These hooks have three barbed hooks attached to a common shank and eye. They’re used to catch all types of gamefish and are good with a artificial lures and cut bait.

6. Swimbait Hooks
These hooks are made to catch a variety of fish, including bass, speckled trout, muskellunge, tarpans and redfish. They are weighted and have a coiled wire that’s separate from the hook itself. The weight allows the swimbait to move in a straight-line while the wire keeps it secure. Swimbait are artificial lures designed to look like the small fish larger fish prey upon.

7. Octopus Hooks
These hooks aren’t used to catch octopus but bass, walleye, perch and panfish. They’re light, small hooks that are made to hold small, light bait such as worms or minnows.

8. Circle Hook
This hook gets its name because it’s almost a complete circle. It’s made to catch both large salt and freshwater gamefish. Its particular design makes the circle hook fish-friendly, if any hook can be said to be fish-friendly. It doesn’t hook the fish in the gut, which can badly injure it, but embeds in the side of the mouth when the fish swallows the bait.