A lot of anglers are surprised when they discover that I use small hooks for catching big fish. When using pellets on a hair-rig, my go-to hook is a size 18 Preston Innovations KKM-B.
This hook is razor-sharp and light, but still has a lot of strength. Once it’s in, it won’t come out!
Smaller hooks are easier for fish of all sizes to suck in, leading to better hook holds. I recommend you ditch that size 14 this weekend and use a smaller size instead.