HOOKS

Sea Angler (UK) - - Boat Angler -

Choice of hooks is a per­sonal thing. For my bait­fish­ing it’s ei­ther a size 2/0 or 4/0 wide-gape J hook, or long-shanked worm hook. I don’t get on with cir­cles, ex­cept for ray fish­ing.

I match the hook size to the bait and, as this is pre­dom­i­nantly ei­ther whole squid or black lug­worms tipped with squid, the sizes men­tioned suit me the best.

One thing I have been do­ing of late, after notic­ing that bites tail off once the ring of squid has been stolen, has been to leave a tag end of a cen­time­tre or two as a baitholder. I leave the worm above that, with the hook­point clear and the ring of squid eas­ily taken.

Al­most all of my species hunt­ing and drift fish­ing is done with pre-tied feather, hokkai and sabiki rigs, and these range through size 8, 12 and 16, with larger size 2/0 feath­ers where I might rea­son­ably ex­pect to be hit­ting shoals of mack­erel and bass. Wedges or jigs pro­vide the weight, giv­ing two bites of the cherry.

As al­ways, the key is in ex­per­i­men­ta­tion to suit lo­cal con­di­tions.

Ex­per­i­ment with hooks to find what suits you

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