Fishing hooks are the most critical component in your tackle arsenal because they come in direct contact with the fish! Thanks to modern materials and manufacturing processes, fish hooks are ready to go right out of the box. Using the best hooks will increase your odds of landing that trophy of a lifetime.
Fishing hook technology has come a long way in the last 15 years. The biggest advancement has come in presharpened hook points. Any premium fish hook will have a chemically-sharpened point; this finish creates a conical point that penetrates the hard mouth of a fish with ease. Another advantage to today's hook points is that they are more resistant to bending when they contact the bottom of a lake or river. A bent hook point can't properly hook a fish.
All fishing hooks are made from steel, but premium hooks incorporate modern steel alloys. These high-tech metals add strength without increasing the size of the hook. This is crucial to catching fish because smaller hooks penetrate better. Along with increased strength comes the confidence your hook will not bend after a prolonged battle with a trophy fish.
Hooks are now available in a wide variety of finishes, from bright colors to stealth finishes like black chrome. Red hooks are quite popular because they give the illusion of blood trailing behind the bait or a lure. Match the finish of your hooks to the water conditions; bright hooks help attract fish in dirty or stained water, while dull hooks are not be visible to wary fish in clear water.
Article Written By Brian M. Kelly
Brian M. Kelly has been freelance writing since 2003. His work has been published in respected outdoor magazines such as Outdoor Life, Great Lakes Angler and Salmon Trout Steelheader. He holds an associate's degree in automated machine design from Macomb College.