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Types of Fishing Hooks Explained

One small piece of angling equipment that you need to make sure is right is the hook. They may seem simple enough but there are lots of different types depending on what kind of fish you want to catch.

Types of fish hooks on wooden board

For example, you’ll need a strong hook to catch a larger fish otherwise it won’t have the strength to penetrate the skin and be pulled back with the line.

In this article, we’ll be taking you through everything you need to know about the different types of fishing hooks.

person tying a hook onto their fishing line

Not only will this give you extra knowledge on fishing equipment, but you’ll find that your fishing trips will be more successful. 

Different Fishing Hook Types

Now that you know everything about fish hooks and their components, here are the most popular types of fish hooks that you need to know about and what you should consider.

a box of fishing hooks

Whether you are searching for larger fish that like to thrash or want to release the fish after you catch them, choosing the right fish hook will make your fishing experience more enjoyable and successful.

Aberdeen hooks

Aberdeen hooks were first used in the salmon streams in northeast Scotland and have proven to be a deadly tool.

These hooks have a long shank and light wire which helps to fix smaller bait without injuring them, keeping them alive for as long as possible. 

Bait holder hooks

Bait holder hooks help to keep your bait on the hook. The barbs hold the bait in place as well as ensure that the fish will be latched onto the hook.

The downside is that the barbs can cause a lot of damage but they are effective for catching fish that thrash. 

Circle hooks

Circle hooks have a point that is bent inwards towards the shank to help stop them from damaging the fish’s throat and instead of penetrating the skin of the mouth.

They are harder to use but extremely handy to master. 

Jig hooks

Jig hooks have a simpler structure with an eye that is positioned at a right angle to the shank which helps to move the bait when in the water.

These are great for those who want to catch and release the fish as the barbs can easily be filed down. 

Kahle hooks

Kahle hooks have the opposite effect of Aberdeen hooks. They boast a wider gap and heavier metal meaning that they are ideal for larger fish and tougher battles.

They look similar to circle hooks except for the point which faces the eye and makes it easier to set. 

Octopus hooks

Octopus hooks are short with a rounded shank so they can be used with smaller bait.

The point is bent in slightly which helps to lock the fish. It has a large enough gap to allow larger fish to bite. 

Siwash hooks

Siwash hooks have an open eye which makes it easy to attach as well as longer shanks and points so your lure can hang off it naturally.

They are a lot easier to remove as well as proving less harmful to the fish. 

Treble hooks

Treble hooks consist of three hooks as expected meaning that your chances of a catch are tripled.

They are great when used in busy waters but don’t penetrate the skin deeply. A downside to these hooks is that they can be difficult to remove. 

Weedless hooks

Weedless hooks are the best hooks to use when catching fish such as bass. They are ideal for use in lakes and ponds that have a lot of heavy vegetation.

With a thin guard that clips on the point, weedless hooks help to prevent you from dragging lots of vegetation out when you reel the line back in. 

Worm hooks

Lastly, worm hooks have a bend near the eye which helps to keep the top of the worm in place.

This means that the point of the hook pierces the body of the worm and latches onto the fish as it eats the worm.

Barbed vs Barbless Hooks

Barbed and barbless hooks

Barbed hooks keep the bait secured on the hook meaning that it is harder for the fish to let go once they have taken the bait.

Barbed hooks tend to consist of multiple barbs to penetrate the fish but this can also be a downside as this can damage the fish while it fights as it can snag or lodge in deep.

barbless hooks and pinch weights

On the other hand, barbless hooks are ideal for those who want to release the fish once they have caught them.

As expected, the lack of barbs means that the fish can easily break away from the hook once it has taken the bait without any damage or penetration. 

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, fishing hooks are a simple and small part of your setup but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t important.

The hook is what will help to catch the fish and boost your success. If you are a newbie then you can experiment with different types of hooks and see which one you like to work with the most.

The more experience and practice you gain, you’ll find yourself knowing which hook is best depending on what fish you want to catch and your style of fishing. 

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