How To Choose The Right Type Of Fishing Hook



Fishing is more than a popular pastime, to many people, it’s a bonding experience between dads and their kids or between friends. Choosing the right hook depends on both the species of fish and the fishing environment. Below, we describe the different types of fishing hooks and how to select the right one for your fishing environment and experience. 

Circle Hooks
A circle hook is a fishing hook, which was designed to increase the survival of angler released fish. The hook features a point on the back of the hook, which resembles a circular shape. It is designed to deliver an improved landing and decrease the loss of fishing tackle.


  • Improves landing rate
  • Reduces deep hooking
  • Causes less harm to catch-and-release species of fish

Treble Hooks
Treble hooks have been used by fishermen for hundreds of years to catch a variety of different fish. The hook features three hooks on a single eye, which work well for cut or artificial bait.


  • Provides greater coverage for more opportunities

Aberdeen Hooks
Aberdeen hooks are a slightly squared fishing hook, which is equipped with a long shank and features a round bend. The light wire hooks deliver fewer puncture points to the bait, which helps keep the bait alive longer and is ideal for fishing in brushy waters. The hooks are also designed to bend before breaking, which makes them perfect for ice fishing.


  • Perfect for baiting
  • Keeps bait alive longer

Octopus Hooks
There are 2 types of octopus hooks, which J hooks and circular hooks. Both of which can be used for live or cut bait, along with plastic bait. Despite its name, these hooks are not used to catch octopus. The hook features a round short shank, which is highly effective for catching catfish.


  • Minimal Weight
  • Hooks the fish without killing it

Jig Hooks
If you are familiar with fishing, you have more than likely been jigging, which requires a jig hook. A jig-hook is a type of fishing lure, which features a lead sinker molded onto a hook attached to a soft body. They come in many different shapes and sizes, but will typically be cone-shaped and feature colorful bodies designed to resemble insects. They are often preferred by both commercial and recreational fishermen alike.


  • Reduces the chances of your hook becoming snagged
  • Improves hook penetration 
  • Minimal Weight

Flipping Hooks
When it comes to bass fishing, you should probably consider using a flipping hook, which does an excellent job of holding the bait in place. The hook features a welded hook eye, which is forged to be extra strong. The hook is designed for heavy flipping, hence its name.


  • Holds the bait in place
  • Super sharp

Weedless hooks feature a wire weed guard and a 45-degree bend, which is designed to reduce your hook from becoming snagged on weeds.


  • Reduces the chances of your hook becoming snagged

So no matter what type of fish you’re after, using the right hook can make al the difference in success or getting skunked.

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