The Right Hooks 101: Part 1

Without the right hook, any soft plastic is literally worthless. Here’s how you choose the right hook for your favorite presentation.

No matter how many soft plastic baits are on the market or in your tackle box, they are worthless without the right hook. Hooks have developed and evolved over the years and the high performance hooks anglers are using now could’ve been used in medical applications years ago. They come in a huge selection of styles, sizes and colors and each one of these hooks has a specific plastic bait and fishing application where it will shine in.

When discussing hooks for bass fishing applications there are three core groups that a hook can fall into, in this week’s blog, we’ll look at the two general purpose models of hooks.

Extra Wide Gap: This has become a staple in all bass anglers’ tackle boxes and it works very well when using a wide variety of soft plastic baits such as, stick baits, craws, creatures, Flukes and lizards. The key characteristic of the extra-wide gap is that when you rig a bulky plastic lure on the hook there will still be room on the hook for the plastic to shift when you set the hook on a bass. This ensures that you get the best possible hook set.

Worm Hook: This style of hook is what paved the way for plastic worm fishing and is still used by anglers every time they rig up a worm on a Texas or Carolina rig. A worm hook usually has a longer shaft, which puts the hook point further down your worm. When fishing a Texas-rig this is important since a bass have a tendency to short strike the bait.

In next week’s blog we’ll take a look at the wide variety of specialty hooks that were designed specifically for certain plastic baits.

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