When it comes to fishing it is very important to have the right gear along with the necessary fishing skills to ensure a fairly good catch. Although an ideal fishing gear includes many aspects to it but fishing hooks do play a vital role in it. It is really impressive and surprising to know that the amount of fishing hooks available in the market are at a very high number.
On one hand, many are different from each other and on the other hand, many are similar to each other. However, whatever the case may be, finding the right set of fishing hooks is quite a challenging task for fishermen.
Many fishermen neglect the importance of maintaining quality fishing gear especially the most suitable ones for their needs and the purpose. Resultant to this they often tend to face many problems while fishing mainly because of overusing of substitutes.
Fishing hooks vary from each other on the basis of their pattern and size. Although most of them are focused towards them but their application varies based on the purpose and the nature of the prey.
Identifying & Selecting The Most Suitable Hook
Like I said above that fishing hooks vary from each other on the basis of size and pattern so it is very much obvious that the right fishing hook must be chosen on that basis. Depending on the purpose(s) of your fishing you should go for a number of fishing hooks.
For choosing the most suitable one you should first research and study about your prey and then hit the stores to buy the most suitable fishing hooks for them.
A pattern in a fishing hook basically defines its bend and how a fishing hook is bent is what that distinguishes its pattern from the other one. A bend in a fishing hook is the curve between its endpoint and the shank. An ideal fishing hook is the one which has just the perfect bent to it. This means that it is bent enough to work effectively but not to a point where it would be more on the side of getting broken.
The strength of a fishing hook is highly dependent on its bent and the more effective the bent is the stronger will be the fishing hook.
Furthermore, the distance of the curve i.e the distance from the end point to the shank is known as the gap and the distance from the point where the bend is most curved to the gap is known as the throat. An ideal hook should have a wide gap and a fairly deep throat. This will ensure that the catch remains secured in the fishing hook.
In most cases, general fishing hooks serve the purpose quite aptly but there are certain cases where specialized hooks might be required. This again is totally dependent on your prey and fishing purposes. For instance, a circle hook is a specialized hook which is quite popularly used for bait fishing as it serves this purpose very aptly.
Just like most of the items in fishing gear, fishing hooks are also distinguished on the basis of size. Each hook of different size serves a different purpose and the size of a hook matters a lot in its suitability for a certain purpose. In most of the cases, the size of the gap determines the various sizes of the fishing hooks but this size distinguisher is not an absolute one.
Unfortunately, there is no consistency maintained in the varied sizes offered by different manufacturers which make it quite difficult for the fishermen to find the right one from different areas.
In other words, if a certain manufacturer of fishing hooks has a certain size of the fishing hook belonging to one family then it is not necessary that the other manufacturer will also offer the same size for that very family of fishing hooks.
Although it is not related to the size of the hook but the wire that is used for making the fishing hook also plays a big role in its performance and usage. The wire itself is usually made out of steel and the diameter of the wire is what plays a big role here.
The hooks are made out of 3 wires mainly categorized into heavy, medium and light wires. Heavy wires serve the purpose of strong applications, medium wires serve the purpose of general fishing, and light wires are mainly used for light applications.
In case more strength is required in a fishing hook then it can be achieved with the help of further forging. But it should be noted that these extra-strengthened forged hooks then serve a limited amount of purposes only.