Before you head out on your fishing trip, you need to make sure you have the gear you need to have as successful trip. Aside from your rod, the next most important thing is your tackle box. Your tackle box is going to contain all of the fishing paraphernalia that you are going to need on your fishing trip. Probably the top thing you are going to want in your tackle box before you head out to fish are hooks. There are going to be two things to consider before you start shopping for hooks, the type of hook and the size of the hook.
Different types of hooks are best suited to different types of fish. Having a variety of hooks in your tackle box will allow you to experiment with different hooks until you find the combination you like.
Similar in shape to the letter J, these hooks fit into a fish’s mouth and catch on the fish as the fish pulls away from the hook
Similar to a J hook, but with the bottom of the hook curling up more like the letter G
Double hooks are a two pronged hook. They are used to catch larger fish then the single hooks because they have a better chance of catching into the fish
A treble hook is a three pronged hooked. Popular because you are pretty much guaranteed one of the three prongs is going to catch onto the fish, the treble also have great holding power on fish
Like they sound, these hooks are ideal for holding on to live bait. Typically featuring a larger shaft, bait-holder hooks have barbs up the shaft to help hold the bait onto the hook
The next thing you are going to want to consider is the size of your hook. Learning the numbers associated to the size of the hook can be confusing at first, but once you’ve figured it out it’s very simple.
Hook sizes range from 32 to 20/0. From 32, the sizes go down by twos until they get to the number 2 (32, 30, 28, 26, 24 … 6, 4, 2 and 1). The numbers then start counting back up as fractions from 1/0 up to 20/0 (1/0, 2/0, 3/0, 4/0 ... 18/0, 19/0, and 20/0). The largest number correlates to the smallest hook. This means that the size 32 hook is the smallest hook on the market, and the 20/0 is the largest hook on the market.
When it comes down to it, you are going to want a variety of hooks in your tackle box. Various sizes and types of hooks will allow you to experiment with different hooks to find the best ones for fishing different fish and at different times of the year. Keep in mind, you don’t want a hook that is bigger than the mouth of the fish you are looking to catch. Always be careful when handling hooks. The last thing you want is a hook in your hand preventing you from enjoying your day of fishing.