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Fishing Hooks

The basic design of the hook has not changed for centuries, but significant improvements have been made with modern technology. Chemical sharpenning and lighter but stronger alloys have led to more durable and longer lasting hooks that fishermen can use for years with proper care. The three main parts of the basic fish hook are the shank, the point, and the eye.

There are many different types of hooks and choosing the right one will make the difference between catchin' or not.

The factors that you should consider when choosing a hook are numerous. The type of fish your after and its habitat is a good place to start.

From that you can begin to consider whether or not to use an artifical bait, such as a plastic worm, or live bait like minows, worms, or crickets.

Finally the size of hook should be determined based on the size of the fish you want to catch. A smaller hook will mostly likely catch smaller fish, while larger hooks will always catch larger fish.

Below are pictures featuring various types of hooks & their descriptions. This is just a sampling of the major types of hooks.

Spinner Bait Hook

Hook used on a lure, usually handmade, that consists of a wire attached to a lead head type body. Lure made with these hooks resemble baitfish when retrieved.
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Treble Hook

A treble hook has 3 bends coming from the shank, that are opposed 60 degrees from each other. Typically one or more treble hooks are used on a artificial lure. Although a treble hook is more likely to hook a fish on the first strike, they do tend to foul hook on the gills, which reduces the fish's chance for survival when released.
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Offset Shank Worm Hook

This hook is named for the set of bends in the shank near the eye. The first bend is 90º from the shank and the second is 90º from the first. This allows for a worm to be hooked with the eye offset from the shank.
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Weedless Worm Hook

On a weedless worm hook, a flexable set of wires run from the eye to the base of the barb. This allows for the hook to pull through a clump of weeds without getting caught up while maintaining the ability of the fish to "grab" on the barb.
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Octopus Hook

Octopus hooks are characterized by a swooping bend and an eye that is bend in the opposite direction. The tip of the hook is slightly bent towards the eye. Similar to a Kahle & cirlce hooks, but not as dramatic in the bend.
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Kahle Hook

Similar to Circle & Octopus hooks but with a very large gap and the point aimed directly at the eye. Kahle hooks tend to gut hook fish, leading to higher mortality in released fish. Kahle hooks are popular for going after red drum.
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Jig Hook

Jig hooks are used for creating custom artificial baits. Most jig hooks have a 90º inward bend in the shank, close to the eye. A weight is melted to the shank at the bend and then the rest of the jig is built around it.
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Drop Shot Hook

Drop shot hooks are great for rigging grub baits. Similar to Octopus, Circle & Kahle hooks.
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Straight Shank Worm Hook

This is the classic plastic worm rigging, bass catching hook.
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Circle Hook

Circle hooks come a regular straight and offset varieties. An offset circle hook has a point that is not in line with the shank, its kicked out to the side a bit. Circle hooks are known for lip-hooking and rarely will a fish get gut or gill hooked.
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Cricket Hook

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Minnow Hook

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Bait Holder Hook

Bait holder hooks have barbs on the backside of the shank and an eye that is bent inward. This helps keep bait in place for better presentation.
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