How to Get the Right Fishing Hook

How to Get the Right Fishing Hook
If you're a beginner in the world of fishing, there's a chance you don't know how to pick the right fishing hook. Using the wrong hook can result in not catching the right type of fish or losing a fish on the end of your line. A number of factors go into choosing the right fishing hook, including the size and the type of fishing line.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Consider the type of fish found in the lake or body of water and use the size of the fish as a guideline to pick a fishing hook. If you're typically fishing larger fish--20 inches or longer--you'll want a harder hook of a larger size. For smaller fish, it's possible to use one of the smaller hooks.
Step 2
Find a fishing hook that works with your bait. The hook needs enough space to hold both the fish, once caught, and the bait. If you're using live bait, longer hooks are best, because there's enough room to hook the fish once it goes for the bait. With smaller or artificial bait, a shorter hook may work.
Step 3
Factor in the fishing line's size. Heavier lines require heavier and more sturdy hooks because the weight of the line may cause the hook to bend or even break when the fish latches onto it. When using a heavier hook with a heavier line, the line weight may help the hook to attach to the fish until you reel it in.
Step 4
Determine whether you're catching dinner or doing a catch and release style of fishing, which is often determined by where you're fishing. Kahle hooks are stronger and may kill the fish before you bring it into your boat, but circle hooks are less harmful. These hooks attach near the jaw but don't cause any major problems to the fish.
Step 5
Choose the right fishing hook based on your own experience and trial and error. The only way to really see what works given your circumstances is to use different hooks until you find one that works. Two fishermen fishing on the same lake each have their own experiences and may choose different hooks.

Tips & Warnings

Check for signs of the fishing hook embedded in the fish's jaw or mouth. If you don't see the fish hook, leave it inside the fish and cut off your line. It's easier to find and remove the hook later during cleaning.

Article Written By Jennifer Eblin

Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

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