Once you’ve familiarized yourself with hook anatomy and sizing, it’s time to decide on what type of hook you want to use. LivetoFish.com carries a wide variety of popular fishing hook styles, including Aberdeen hooks, bait hooks, egg hooks, frog hooks, jig hooks, keeper hooks, octopus hooks, siwash hooks, treble hooks, and worm hooks. Read on for a brief description of each type of fishing hook that we currently carry.
An Aberdeen hook is used in live bait fishing for Panfish and Perch. It has a fine, light wire construction for minimal damage to the bait. This hook is perfect for heavy cover and weedy areas where other hooks snag.
Choose a baitholder (or bait) hook when you want to fish for Bass, Trout, Walleye, Panfish, and Catfish. A baitholder hook will have multiple barbs on its shank to keep the bait in place and to keep your fish from wiggling free.
If you’re looking to catch large saltwater and freshwater species, try a circle hook.A circle hook is circular in shape and eliminates gut hooking by sliding forward and becoming lodged in the fish’s mouth when the fisherman pulls the line.
Fish for trout and other cannibalistic species with an egg hook. The egg hook is designed to perfectly match the profile of salmon egg baits. The round bend blends into the bait once it’s pushed onto the hook.
Rig your frog bait with a frog hook. Each hook features a spring wire that screws into the frog’s nose. The frog will pivot as it moves in the water. Use the frog hook to fish for Largemouth Bass in areas with thick vegetation or areas where you know frogs naturally live.
If you’re looking to catch Bass, Trout, and Redfish without having to switch out one hook for another, use the keeper hook. A keeper hook has a spring or wire appendage that is mounted to the hook eye. This appendage holds on to the bait, keeping it securely in place and off of the hook shank. You’ll be less likely to damage or tear your bait while ensuring more hook sets.
If you are looking for a hook that isn’t species specific, try the jig hook. It can be used for all gamefish species and features an angled shank that lines the eye up with the point for consistent hook ups. The jig hook is perfect for fly tying or putting together a jighead.
If you’re working with live bait, especially smaller baits like leeches or minnows, you’ll want to have an octopus hook handy. The octopus hook has a short, rounded shank and a lightweight body.
Named for its three points that share a single common eye, the treble hook can be used with artificial lures and cut bait to catch hungry gamefish. Occasionally a treble hook will feature springs for holding dip or dough bait.
A fisherman may choose a siwash hook over a treble hook for fishing in weedy areas or when doing catch and release fishing because it is less damaging to the fish. In most instances, a siwash hook will have an open eye for easily replacing a treble hook.
The final, but no less important hook, is the worm hook. Used to rig plastics, it is a favorite of Bass, Speckled Trout, and Redfish. The versatility of the worm hook makes it perfect for areas with rocks and a lot of cover. Built for durability, the worm hook will often come with a wide gap.
Additional Resources & Information
If you are interested in doing a bit of outside research on your own before you choose a hook, consider checking out this post on hook details from Bass Fishing and Catching, a blog dedicated to the art of bass fishing – or check out Outdoorlife.com’s Ultimate Hook Guide. When you’re ready to buy, visit our category page for fishing hooks to find the right hook for your needs.
Do you have any comments or questions about the popular hook styles that we mentioned? Have a favorite hook type or curious about one that’s not listed here? Drop us a line. And remember, you aren’t living unless you’re fishing!