How to Sharpen Circle Hooks

How to Sharpen Circle Hooks
Sharp hooks catch fish. This is a given. However, every season probably hundreds of fish are missed due to anglers using dull hooks. On the other hand, often times when an angler does address the issue of a dull hook, it involves removing the hook and tying on a new one that is sharp. But some hooks are expensive, and that includes circle hooks. Stop losing fish and stop throwing away money. You can sharpen those circle hooks in a few easy steps.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Circle hook
  • Flat diamond-coated file
Step 1
Examine the circle hook for signs of damage. Look at the overall shape of the hook to make sure it has not been bent. If so, the integrity of the hook could be compromised, which means it could end up breaking. These hooks should be discarded. Also examine the point and barb for damage. If the barb is crushed down or the point is badly bent, consider discarding the hook.
Step 2
Take the hook and hold it with your thumb and index finger. The circle hook should be held by the shank or just below the eye of the hook. Position the hook so that the bend and point are on the bottom.
Step 3
Holding the diamond file in your other hand, slide the hook across the file surface. Place the outside point of the hook on the surface of the file so that it is flat. Slide the hook toward you, working from the point toward the bend. Repeat the process, turning the hook on both sides so that the middle left and right sides are honed.

Tips & Warnings

Carefully test the edge and point of the hook with your finger and repeat the process if necessary.
Avoid sharpening the inside of the hook point or barb. This will typically damage the inward-turned point as well as the barb.

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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