Hook types ex­plained

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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.

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