Hook in the Loop Method

Hook in the Loop Method
How a bait is presented to fish can often make the difference between a slow day on the water and a great day. The goal, for many anglers, is to present a bait as naturally as possible. However, this can be only half the battle because a fish may spit out a bait if it feels weight or resistance that it is not accustomed to. The hook in the loop method, or rig, addresses both of these issues with an easy-to-tie rig that can result in better hookups when a fish strikes.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Monofilament fishing line
  • Circle octopus hook
  • Sharp scissors
Step 1
Hold a circle octopus hook in one hand and the free end of the fishing line in the other. Feed the free end of the line through the eye of the hook from the bend side. About 3 inches to 4 inches of the free end should extend past the hook.
Step 2
Pull the free end up alongside the main line to form a double line. You will now have a loop formed in the end of the line with the hook attached to the loop. At this point the loop in the end of the line will be referred to as the working loop.
Step 3
Form a surgeon's knot to close the loop and secure the hook inside the loop. Form a larger loop with the doubled line. Wrap the working loop around and through the larger loop two times. Adjust the size of the working loop so that it is 1 1/2 inches to 2 inches long.
Step 4
Moisten the knot with saliva or water and slowly pull it tight. Hold the loop in one hand and pull on both the free end and main line to securely tighten the knot.
Step 5
Trim excess line from the free end of the knot with a sharp pair of scissors. Cut the free end no less than 1/8 inch from the knot to provide some extra line in case the knot adjusts while in use.

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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