If you are going fishing for the first time, then you must be very excited at the prospect of reeling in your first catch. You must have read a lot of manuals on "how to catch fish" and heard numerous advice from friends about the best technique for catching a fish.
But are you knowledgeable about the equipment or fishing gear that you have with you for fishing? One of the most important tool for fishing is the fishhook.
For a novice angler, all fishhooks might look the same and they might not recognize the advantage of using different fish hooks for catching different types of fish. But a seasoned angler knows that to lure in a fish, you need the right fishing hook.
There are many different varieties of fishing hooks that are used for fishing. The success of your fishing venture will depend on whether you have selected the right fishing hook for catching a particular fish species.
During ancient times, fish hooks were crafted with animal and human bones, wood and stone. Nowadays, they are made with high carbon steel or alloyed steel.
All fish hooks whatever its shape or size, consists of a pointed end called the point that impales the flesh of the fish, the eye which forms the end of the fishing hook and thebarb which is a rounded part of the hook that prevents the fish from falling out of the hook.
Types of Fishing Hooks
This type of hook features a shorter shank. Because of the wider gap of this type of hooks, the single J hook is excellent for hooking in bait of a larger size.
As the hook is made from a thin wire, it bends quite easily. Aberdeen hooks are best used for smaller fish like mullet and panfish.
A great amount of technique is required to catch a fish with a circle hook as the wrong technique will result in the hook being pulled out from the fish.
It consists of two single hooks that are brazed together to form two shanks and two points. They have only one common eye and they are generally part of an artificial lure.
All the three shanks of the treble hook are evenly spaced. Since a treble hook consists of three shanks with three points for impaling a fish, it increases the chances of hooking a fish.
Different kinds of fishing hooks should be used depending upon the species of fish that you wish to catch, the kind of bait you are using and whether you are going for saltwater or freshwater fishing. You also need to get the right sized fishing hook to land a good haul. Happy fishing!