How to Sharpen a Fishing Hook

How to Sharpen a Fishing Hook
Although most fishing hooks are very sharp right out of the box, they tend to lose their keen edge with prolonged use and improper storage. Because a dull hook cannot easily penetrate the lip of a fish, it can greatly diminish your chances of catching one. To keep your hooks sufficiently sharpened, invest in a hook hone, a small sharpening stone. A few quick swipes across the hone is all it takes.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Hook hone
Step 1
Examine the overall condition of the hook. Look for damage to the point of the hook or barb that may prevent proper resharpening. If a hook is damaged too severely, it may be necessary to discard the hook altogether.
Step 2
Hold the shank, or long portion, of the hook horizontally in one hand and a hook hone below it in the other. The curve of the hook should be hanging down toward the hone.
Step 3
Pull the hook across the surface of the hone with slight pressure, with the point of the hook leading the way. Keep the hook as level as possible, and do not allow the point to dig into the hone.
Step 4
Change the angle at which the hook is contacting the hone. Make sure to hone the sides as well as the bottom of the hook. Pull the hook three to four times along all three points (both sides and bottom).
Step 5
Test the hook by lightly touching the hook point with your finger. You should be able to easily determine if the hook has been honed correctly and resharpened.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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