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Hooks Galore! | Types Of Fishing Hooks For Every Scenario

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It’s tough to catch fish… if you don’t have a hook!

The fishing world is full of different types of hooks, and they come in all shapes and sizes, and many hooks today are made for a specific purpose or presentation.

So, let’s take a look at the different kinds fishing hooks and how they are used.

Main Types of Fishing Hooks

We will break down fishing hook designs into 3 main types, the single hook, treble hook, and double hook. Let’s look at each type and how it best applies in the fishing world.

Single Hooks

single hook on fishing lure

Single hooks, as the name suggests are is one of the most universally used hooks and have many variations. (photo credit: Amazon)

Single hooks are the most commonly used fishing hook. It’s the type that everyone has surely used, even if they have only fished a few times in their lives, as this is the hook type used to catch everything from panfish to the biggest saltwater gamefish.

There are several single hook designs, such as the standard bait keeper hooks, Aberdeen hooks, circle hooks, Siwash hooks, octopus hooks, and wide gap single hooks. Some of these hook types are commonly used for various fishing presentations, and some fill a niche role.



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Bait Keeper Hooks

bait keeper hooks with barbs

Some bait keeper hooks will have barbs on them to help hold the bait securely to the hook. (photo credit: Amazon)

Bait keeper hooks are the most common single hook used. Bait keeper hooks are designed to be used with live bait or, in some instances, artificial bait presentations.

These hooks are used for everything from bluegill, tilapia, perch, walleye, and other small to mid-sized fish species where live bait use is a common method of fishing.

The designs can differ slightly from one brand to the next, and some will come with barbs on the shank to keep live bait such as nightcrawlers or grubs secure and prevent them from wriggling off.



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circle hooks for fishing

Circle hooks are are designed to hook a fish in the corner of its mouth (photo credit: Amazon)

Circle Hooks

Circle hooks are another form of hook that is frequently used with live bait and cut bait. They have a very circular profile and lack the straight shank commonly found on other types of single hooks.

Circle hooks are designed to hook a fish in the corner of its mouth, and the shape of the hook, combined with the 90-degree flat section at the tip, acts like a cam, and the hook follows the line when tension is put on it,

The circle hook follows the line to the corner of the mouth, where the cam action engages when the tip catches flesh, thus hooking the fish perfectly in the corner of the mouth, which is the optimal position for hooking and is great for catch and release as well as the fish typically won’t swallow the hook.

Circle hooks are popular for various big game fish like catfish, grouper, striped bass, and others.

circle hook in bait fish

Circle hooks are great for many live bait presentations (photo credit Amazon).


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Wide Gap Hooks

wide gap worm hook

Wide gap hooks are a great choice for soft plastic baits like rubber worms (photo credit: Amazon).

Wide gap hooks feature a large curve creating a gap between a very short shank section and a flat section that features the hook and barb.

Wide gap hooks are one of those types that have a pretty specific purpose, which is their’ usage with soft plastics.

These hooks are predominantly used in the bass fishing world for soft plastic worms and craw-style baits. The wide gap allows them to be rigged weedless, as well as allowing for high percentage hook-up rates.




Single Hook Versatility

The above single hook types can also be found on fishing lures and are common on lures used for fish species like salmon, trout, and saltwater species.

On spinners such as rooster tails or naked spinners commonly used for species like salmon and trout, the hooking percentages can be higher with a single Siwash-style hook, and the same applies for large saltwater lures, which can feature different single hook variants like octopus hooks.

The reason single hooks are the most common hook used boils down to versatility, as they can be very effective in a wide range of fishing applications.

We could go all day talking about different types of single hooks and their uses, so we covered the main ones used today.



Treble Hooks

treble hook for fishing

A treble hooks are found on many hard-body baits such as crankbaits and jerkbaits (photo credit: Amazon).

The next hook in line in terms of commonality and use is the treble hook.

Treble hooks feature three shanks soldered together to form a triangle hook point pattern on a single shank.

This hook style is found on most hard body lures like jerkbaits, crankbaits, and topwater baits, they can also be found on inline spinners like rooster tails and bucktails.

Treble hooks are similar to single hooks in that some anglers use them to fish live bait for certain species, and they are used to hook live minnows when fishing for species like walleye, crappie, and on sucker rigs for musky. They can even be used on ice fishing rigs for pike.




Treble hooks are great for increasing the hooking percentages of large predatory fish, particularly those with bony mouths like musky and pike that feed in the middle of the water column or on the surface.

While they are great for certain species and fishing applications, they have one major issue: their tendency to snag on cover and obstructions like timber and vegetation.



There are treble hooks on the market that feature weed guards, but most anglers who have used them will often confess that the hooking percentage on striking fish suffers greatly compared to treble hooks without them.

Treble hooks are often ill-suited in bottom fishing roles for the same issues mentioned above, such as snagging on roots or anything on the bottom, and they lack in the stealth department compared to a single hook.


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Double Hooks

double hook for fishing

Double hooks look similar to treble hooks, but with only two shanks/points (photo credit: Amazon).

Double hooks are like treble hooks, but as you could probably guess, there are only two points.

Double hooks have two barbed points that bend at 45 degrees from the left and right of the shanks, and most double hooks are formed from a single bent piece of steel, with a small gap separating the shanks.

Double hooks are very niche in the angling world. They are typically used today in topwater frogs used for bassfishing, which are typically hollow, and the hook pointing up and forward allows these lures to work in even the heaviest of cover.

Some modern swimbaits also feature a single, double hook on the belly, with a magnet molded into the body to keep the hook in place when fishing.

Double hooks are very rarely, if ever, used on lures or for live bait applications by anglers other than with the lures mentioned about, as single hooks and treble hooks are far better at performing in other fishing scenarios.



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Types Of Fishing Hooks | Final Thoughts

There you have it, a basic overview of the different types of hooks commonly used in fishing, while there are a few other types that may or may not be used today, these three hook types cover 99% of modern fishing applications.

We hope you put a hook N1!

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Fish on! | The 3 Main Types Of Fishing Line

The fish took it “hook, line and sinker” as the saying goes.

But, what kind of line was it?

There are several fishing lines on the market today made from a wide array of materials, and each fishing line type has advantages and disadvantages.

Let’s take a look at the common types of fishing lines on the market today and what fishing lines are best suited to specific fishing situations.

Fishing Line Type #1: Monofilament

monofilament fishing line

Monofilament is what the name would suggest; a single (“mono”) strand of line. The line diameter is often relevant to the line strength. (photo credit: alibaba.com)

To start off, we will take a look at the most commonly used fishing line out there, the monofilament fishing line.

Monofilament is the line most fishermen know quite well, even those who only fish periodically.

A monofilament line is a single strand line and is not constructed of multiple filaments like braided line.

Monofilament, like fluorocarbon, is made by extrusion. First, batches of polymers are melted, thoroughly mixed, and then extruded by pressure through small holes, forming the fishing line, and then the fishing line cools.

Extruded monofilament line is then spun into spools of various diameters. The diameter of the extrusion holes keeps the monofilament diameter consistent, and the diameter directly correlates to the line test or strength.



Monofilament Advantages

Monofilament is easy to handle and work with and is much more flexible than other lines like fluorocarbon. Monofilament is an excellent all-around line that can work in most fishing situations.

Another advantage of the monofilament line type is the cost.

Monofilament line is the cheapest type out there. An angler can spool up several fishing reels with monofilament for a low price.

This makes it very popular for anglers who run several rods while trolling, as braid would cost hundreds of dollars to spool several trolling reels.

Monofilament fishing line can stretch up to 25% by length. So, this makes it an excellent fishing line choice for situations where shock absorption is crucial, like when big game fishing for certain species like catfish, or when used in trolling applications.



Monofilament Disadvantages

The stretch of monofilament can also be a disadvantage in other fishing applications, and having knowledge of each type of fishing line is crucial for fishing success.

One other disadvantage of monofilament is the damage it can receive from UV light.

Now, this isn’t as big of a disadvantage as it may seem, as it takes a significant amount of time for it to occur, but leaving the fishing line in direct sunlight for long periods will damage the line on a molecular level. After a couple of seasons, the line will become brittle and need to be replaced.


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Fishing Line Type #2: Fluorocarbon

fluorocarbon fishing line

Flourocarbon fishing line is more dense than monofilament and stronger as well, without an increased diameter. (Photo credit: alibaba.com)

If the word fluorocarbon seems familiar to you, it’s because it’s used to make a wide variety of things like Teflon, Freon, and many other products and materials. Fluorocarbon also uses a wide range of compounds like carbon, fluorine, and chlorine.

Fluorocarbon is similar to monofilament in that it is extruded into a single strand.



Fluorocarbon Advantages

Unlike monofilament lines, the molecules of fluorocarbon lines are more densely packed. This makes the line much stronger than monofilament without an increase in diameter, and it also makes it heavier and stiffer compared to monofilament.

Fluorocarbon features an increased level of abrasion resistance compared to monofilament lines. Unlike monofilament lines, fluorocarbon line is not sensitive to UV light and will last longer before needing to be discarded.



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One of the main advantages of the fluorocarbon line is its’ stealth factor. Fluorocarbon lines have nearly the exact same refractive index as water, which means that they becomes nearly invisible when the fluorocarbon line is submerged.

The stiffness of the fluorocarbon line gives the line increased sensitivity over monofilament with significantly less stretch, so an angler can feel even the lightest of strikes.



Fluorocarbon Disadvantages

The only real major downside of fluorocarbon is that it retains memory, and will coil after being spooled for long periods of time, but overall this disadvantage is minor.

Fluorocarbon fishing line is moderately expensive and is in the middle of the road in terms of price between monofilament and braided lines.



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Fishing Line Type #3: Braided

braided fishing line on reel

Braided line is thinner in diameter and has a much higher tensile strength that flurorocarbon or mono.

Braided fishing lines can be made from several different materials like Dacron, Dyneema, or spectra fibers.

The construction of braided fishing lines consists of using multiple strands of this material and interweaving and braiding them together to create a fishing line with extreme strength compared to the other two lines previously mentioned.



Braided Line Advantages

Braided lines have virtually no stretch, making them extremely sensitive to the lightest bite or when bumping your lures off cover or on the bottom, allowing anglers to “feel fish.”

Braided lines are much thinner than monofilament and fluorocarbon lines, meaning you can hold vastly more line on the same spool.

The thin diameter of braided line allows you to go much higher in tensile strength than is typically needed without having any adverse effects.


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Braided Line Disadvantages

For some fishing applications, the lack of stretch can actually be detrimental, and one area where braided lines suffer greatly is in the stealth department.

Braided lines are highly visible in the water, which can be a serious disadvantage on bodies of water with high clarity and heavy fishing pressure.

While Braided lines have high tensile strength and general abrasion resistance, they are still susceptible to getting cut by predatory fish with sharp teeth like muskies, pike, and various saltwater species. This means you will want to run a leader when fishing for these species.



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So, Which Fishing Line Type Should I Use?

fishing reel on boat at sunrise

But, what type of fishing line should you use? Let’s weigh the features…

Let’s look at what type of line you should use for different fishing situations, as well as what species each line works well with.

Monofilament

  • Fishing applications where shock absorption is beneficial
  • Fishing situations where moderate stealth is needed
  • General purpose fishing situations using standard lures and tactics.
  • Commonly Used for panfish, trout, walleye, and various saltwater species.

Fluorocarbon

  • Fishing situations where stealth is crucial
  • When fishing in heavy cover due to good abrasion resistance
  • When you need a high level of line sensitivity
  • Commonly used for walleye, bass, and trout

Authors note on fluorocarbon: Most anglers have switched from monofilament to fluorocarbon lines entirely, as there is not much in terms of downsides in fluorocarbon over monofilament line, except for cost.

Braided Line

  • When maximum strength is needed
  • When stealth isn’t a concern
  • Fishing applications around heavy cover
  • Exclusively used by musky anglers, common in pike fishing, saltwater fishing, big-game fishing, and specific bass and catfish fishing situations.



Final Thoughts On Types Of Fishing Line

Not choosing the correct fishing line can cost you fish due to reasons such as lack of stealth, weakened line due to abrasion, or other factors.

Choosing the right fishing line is crucial, and we hope this article helped to inform you on which line to use. We hope you put a hook N1!

How To Tie The Uni-Knot or Hangman’s knot [You can do it!]

How To Tie The Uni Knot

The Uni-knot is a very versatile and strong fishing knot. This knot is great for many fishing scenarios. You can use it for line to leader combinations as well.

Step-by-step instructions are below. But first, this diagram may help!

How to tie the uni knot for fishing illustration
The Uni Knot in 60 seconds!

More step-by-step uni knot instructions below!





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The Uni Knot [Hangmans Knot] | Step-By-Step Instructions

Check out these step-by-step instructions below to learn how to tie the Uni-Knot!

Time needed: 1 minute

Instructions for how to tie the Uni Knot

  1. Thread line through eye of hook or lure.

    threading eye of uni knot hook

  2. Grab the “tag end” of the line (the end NOT connected to your spool).

    grabbing tag end of uni knot

  3. Make a loop with the tag end of the line.

    looping tag end of uni knot

  4. Pinch the top of the loop you just made against the line with your index finger.

    holding uni knot loop end against line

  5. Loop the tag end of the line inside and around the top of the loop 5 times.

    loop the tag end 5 times

  6. Slowly pull the tag end away from the hook/lure.

    pulling tag end of uni knot

  7. Trim the tag end of the line. FINISHED! You have completed the Uni-Knot!

    trimming tag end of uni knot


We know many of you enjoy learning how to tie different types of fishing knots. You may have watched some of our other videos on how to tie the palomar knot, or double palomar knot. Check out the video below on how to tie the one of the most versatile fishing knots… The Uni Knot!





So, grab a rod, tie on your favorite fishing lure with a uni knot, and Put A Hook N1!

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Learn these other fishing knots:

Trilene knot tutorial

Palomar knot tutorial