Hook types explained
Eyed: Popular on commercials, used with the knotless knot to tie hair rigs. Thicker in the wire and heavier than a spade end.
Long shank: Easy to unhook and popular with anglers looking to catch large numbers of fish at speed.
Short shank: When finesse is required, a short shank pattern can produce the goods. A good example is the circle-type hook that is used for feeder work on commercial fisheries.
Round bend: A super hook for feeder work when bream and skimmers are the target, as they let you cram a big worm bait on to the hook without danger of the point being masked.
Crystal bend: The classic hook pattern used on rivers and lakes for waggler work with small baits. The bait hangs directly below the hookpoint, which ultimately means more fish hooked.
Forged: A strong hook, flattened to increase strength. Much used when fishing for specimens on feeder or leger tactics with big baits.
Wire gauge: The thickness of the metal a hook is made from. A fine gauge is ideal for small fish, while thicker gauges are for the big boys.
Beaked point: An inturned point which means it can handle being dragged across gravel. Useful when leaving a rig out for hours on end as the point remains sharp.