The most important thing a fisherman needs in his ensemble is a fishing hook. If you fish in a variety of environments casting for different types of fish, you need to know what your fishing hook options are. Here in Malaysia, we have hundreds of fish species that are a fair game both for sport and for food. Even more so, we need to be precise when choosing a fishing hook.
Experimenting with Fishing Hook Sizes
Fishing hook size is one of the most important factors to consider before getting a fishing hook. When it comes to sizes, we generally referred to a number from the smallest (32) to the largest (19/0). In terms of numbers, the larger number simply means smaller hook size. Within the "aught" measurement system, the slash symbol defines the hook. This means that the higher number represents the larger hook. As an example, a 1/0 hook size is certainly bigger than 1 hook size.
There are several main types of fishing hooks you can find in the market. Each of them has a determined purpose in angling. This is why we should understand them before picking the best fishing hooks that can suit our needs.
Circle hooks are designed for the hook point to roll out into the corners of the fish's mouth after it takes the bait. For this type of fishing hook, you do not need to set it. All you need to do is to reel in when you feel the fish on the other end. As it designs to rotate in its mouth, this also lowers the fish’s mortality and it is easy to see why this particular fishing hook can be illegal in certain fishing areas.
J hooks are the most common types of hooks that most of us use. Unlike circle hooks, J-hooks are not shaped like circles, instead, they resemble like the letter "J". They are also defined as either offset or non-offset. Another main difference that they are perfect for trawling live or dead bait. Their weakness is that they can kill the fish if they are improperly matched to the size of the fish.
Known as shiner hooks, the Kahle hooks look like the cross between circle hooks and J-hooks. They are also famous for bass fishing with live golden shiners. They also allow for higher mortality for fish as they have higher chances of gut-hooking.
Like their name, wire hooks are made from light wire. As such, they can be used on smaller bait size as they can penetrate the bait easily. At the same time, they can pierce through the fish's mouth easily. The best feature of wire hooks is the natural presentation of the bait (looks as if the bait is alive and swimming). This is ideal for catching predatory fish.
The treble hooks are the weirdest entry on our list. They consist of three hooks that branch from a single shank. They are also very handy when used with numerous artificial lures. Despite this, there are certain laws against using them in certain fishing areas. The size and amount reeled in with every cast could lead to numbers of a certain species declining.
Overall, there is much science behind each hook variant. Remember to get the hook type that matches your target fish. Happy fishing!