Q: Do offset hooks hold fish better and will I weaken a straight hook by offsetting it?
DAN WAINWRIGHT, WELSHPOOL, POWYS
PF says: Using a hook where the curve and point are slightly offset to the shank certainly increases the chance of a successful hook-up.
If the hook is lying flat with the point facing up, it’s more likely to penetrate the roof of the mouth; vice versa if pointing downwards and sideways. A straight hook has more chance of being thrown without sticking.
Some hooks are easier to bend than others, while a carbon pattern may break. I’ve actually offset carbon hooks with a pair of pliers but try not to overdo it or apply too much pressure.