bend is the curved part of the hook. The shank
is the long part of the hook leading up to the
eye, the part to which you tie your fishing line.
And the gap is the space between the
point and the shank.
(See the illustration.)
The J Hook – The J hook is the
most common style of hook
used today, and it probably has
been since humans learned to
carve bone and work metal.
J hooks are great all-around
fish snaggers and will work
in virtually every fishing situation. Some slightly specialized
subcategories of J hooks, shown
below, provide advantages under certain
The Circle Hook – Instead of having a relatively straight
point and shank, the circle hook is shaped more or less
like a circle. The goal of using circles is to hook fish
in the jaw more often and gut-hook the fish less
often. Most of the time, circle hooks do end
up lodged in the corner of the fish’s jaw.
As a result, many catch-and-release
anglers like using circle hooks.
They only work, however, when
a fish actually takes a bait and
attempts to eat it rather than merely
smashing it in a fast attack. As a
Designed to replace
the trebles on
is a simple J
an eye that
a bit, instead of
being bent flush
or welded to the
Worm Hook A bend at the top of the
shank, just below the eye, makes it ideal
for rigging plastic worms, plastic lizards,
and similar lures.
Snelling Hook An offset in the eye allows you to “snell” a line
to it (knot the line around the hook’s shank instead of just to its
eye). Some anglers believe using a snelled hook reduces spinning
when the current pushes against your bait, keeping your hook in
line with your leader. Many like to use pre-snelled hooks with a
short leader that terminates in a loop; it’s fast and easy to rig and
J HOOKS ARE
GREAT ALL-AROUND FISH