All About The Different Types Of Hooks

The hooks are the most important part of fishing tackles. Without a hook, there is no way to catch any fish. There are many different types of hooks that have been designed for different types of fish in different places. The term fishing hook is used to refer a curved pointed object that can be attached from the point end of a fishing line. The purpose of the hook is to provide fish with an easy way to eat bait or lure, and catch them in our fishing lines when they get snagged on rocks or branches.

There are many different types of hooks designed for fishing in different places. Hooks come in a range of sizes, shapes and materials. It is important to know the best type of hook, depending on what kind of fish one is aiming at catching or where one is fishing. It is basically about the type of fish you are trying to catch, their migration patterns and how they move through various water types.

Jig Hooks


Jig hooks are designed to catch fish that live at the bottom of a water type such as rocks or sand. The anglers will usually use jig hooks for fishing in lakes, ponds and rivers.

Jigs are heavy weights which can be made from wood, plastic or metal. They have two main parts: weight and hook. The weight part of jig often has some sort of flash on it that attracts fish looking for food.

Jig hooks have a very strong wire shank or needle sharp eye, in order to force itself through thick weeds and seaweed. They are available in a range of different sizes and shapes like round bend, shank with a wide gape or heavy wire hooks which have an offset point to help ensure solid hook-ups.

Circle Hooks

These types of hooks are specifically designed for catching fish that swims away from an angler when a bait or lure is thrown at it. Fish on the move will often swallow the hook itself as they swim towards it and then get snagged through their throat.

Circle hooks have an offset shape and point, in order to catch fish after they have swallowed the hook. The offset point is attached to a wire or oval ring that allows the fish free movement of its mouth. Circle hooks are used for fishing, live bait and artificial lures in both saltwater and freshwater environments.

Circle hooks tend to improve catch rate, reduce gut-hooked fish and protect bait from being damaged. The biggest drawback to circle hooks is that they tend to slip from the fish's mouth as they swim away, which makes casting difficult.

Offset Hooks

Off set hooks are designed to catch fish that swim towards the baits and lures. They tend to be short than normal fishing hooks, which helps them get into every corner of the mouth as soon as possible. Offset hooks are used for fishing in both saltwater and freshwater environments.

Off set hooks are attached to a wire or oval ring that helps the fish free movement of its mouth. Offset hook allows you to avoid getting snagged in rocks and weeds and lets the fish run freely without effort, which can also help to catch larger fish as they swim off with your bait.

You can use offset hooks for jig fishing, weedless rigging and trolling.

Treble Hooks

Treble hooks are designed with three points for catching fish that live on top of the water such as lake or river's surface. There are two main parts of treble hook: a wire leader attached to an eye and the actual hook.

Treble hooks are normally used for fishing with lures that have multiple treble hooks attached such as soft swimbaits, tubes and spinnerbaits. When struck by a fish the leader will break leaving all three hooks in its mouth.

Treble hooks are available in a range of different styles and sizes depending on the weight of your lure. Treble hooks tend to cause more injuries than regular fishing hooks because their three sharp points make it easier for them to pierce skin and catch through clothing.

Octopus Hooks

Octopus hooks need to be kept clean or they will rust.  They are usually cleaned by boiling them in salt water for 1 – 2 minutes and then rinsing them off in fresh water.  The hooks should then be dried for use.

Octopus hooks are not designed to fish through heavy cover.

Some popular materials used for the leader of octopus hooks include fluorocarbon (which is a very strong material that can be cut with scissors), kastmaster, and wire.  Fluorocarbon is usually best because it does not stretch when a fish bites the line and the monofilament on the end of the fluorocarbon will break away before it becomes a danger to landing the fish.

Siwash Hooks

Siwash Hooks are designed without an offset point to hook fish that swim away from the angler. They have a round bend or wide gape, in order to catch fish after they have swallowed the hook.

Siwash hooks are very good for catching live bait and lure because they tend to be strong enough to hold on to the fish in all conditions. Siwash hooks are also designed to slide out when required, which helps low-stretch braided line to break free.

Siwash hooks are a good choice for fishing through weeds and rocks because they protect the hook from getting snagged on things.  They have been around since the 1950s and are now one of the most widely used hook styles.

Wide gape siwash hooks tend to catch more fish in all types of conditions, but they are slightly more difficult to remove. You may need a pair of pliers or a monofilament tool to help you take it out.

Aberdeen Hooks

Because they have a very fine wire leader, Aberdeen hooks will help your live baits last longer than other hook types. Aberdeen hooks also tend to improve the catch rate of fishing live bait and lures because they can fit into every corner of the fish's mouth.

Stainless steel Aberdeen hooks are popular among saltwater anglers who use live bait, but they come in a wide range of different materials. You can find Aberdeen hooks with round bend, wide gape, and offset point in most sport fishing shops.

Worm Hooks

Worm hooks are designed to look like a worm, hence the name. Worms hooks vary in size depending on the purpose of the hook but most will be large enough for a 20 pound braid line  and small enough to pass through your bait easily with no resistance.

These style hook is used for fishing live or dead baits successfully. Sometimes the fish will swallow it, and other times they will strike at it before taking off with the entire hook still in its mouth.  The advantage of a worm hook is that you can keep fishing even after a fish takes your hook.

Some popular materials for worm hooks include bronze, brass, tungsten, and gold.  The most popular material is gold because it does not rust and will last much longer than other materials.

Frog Hooks

Frog hooks are designed to look like frogs so that when you stick them into the water, fish will bite it thinking that they have just found a frog to eat.  Frog hooks come in many different styles and are designed for specific bait types. For example, some frogs hooks will look like flies while others will resemble worms or crayfish.

Frog hooks are used at the bottom of your fishing line because they are heavy and tend to sink.  They can be cast from shore or a boat with a fishing pole.

Frog hooks come in different shapes and sizes because they are designed for specific bait types. For example, some frogs hooks resemble worms while others resemble crayfish.

Poppers Hooks

Poppers often have a square shape bend and a barb on the side, which helps them hold on to your fishing line.  Poppers are designed to jerk back and forth when they hit the water, in order to look like a struggling fish or bait.

Popular materials for popper hooks include stainless steel, gold, brass, tungsten, titanium and others.  Gold popper hooks are the most popular choice because they have a high flash and look like the real thing.

Some anglers choose to use poppers for fishing live or dead baits, while others choose to fish them with lures.  You can find poppers in any sport fishing shop.

Kahle Hooks

Kahle hooks are short, wide, and pointy.  They come with a double hook and sometimes with a bead on the end to help the fish swallow them more easily. Kahle hooks are used for trolling because they move very little while in motion, making them easy to cast even in rough water conditions.

Although Kahle hooks are mainly used for trolling, some anglers use them when fishing live or dead baits.  Kahle hooks are a good choice for panfish because they come in small sizes that will help you fit your bait into every corner of the fish's mouth.

Bait Holder Hooks

These styles have hairs coming from the eye and are very popular among northern pike fishermen. They are used to hold your bait in place and help it float on the surface longer.

This enables you to cast longer distances without worrying about your bait being taken by a fish. Some of these bait holder hooks will also feature a double hook so that you catch more fish.

One of the most common materials for bait holder hooks is brass because it has a high flash and does not rust easily.  Brass will also hold up against the harsh chemicals in most northern pike baits.


1.  What is the best way to attach a worm hook?  

The best way to attach your bait is to push it into the worm until the end of the hook comes out, then pull back on the eye part, which will lock it in place.

2.   How do you hold a frog hook when casting?

To hold a frog hook when casting, make sure that it is the right way up, and not upside down. Hold onto the fishing line with one hand and let it go to cast the bait.

3.   How do you choose the right worm hook?

When choosing a worm hook, make sure that it fits into your bait without being too loose or tight so that it can be easily swallowed by fish. Worm hooks are quite strong and there are a lot of types to choose from, depending on the size and species of fish you would like to catch.

4.   Do you use a hook on the end of your fishing line?

No, you do not need to use a hook on the end of your fishing line because it is unnecessary weight that will slow down your cast and pull off in rocks while you are reeling. The end of your fishing line has a loop on the end that you can easily attach a clip or lure snap to, depending on what you want to use.

5.   Can fish hook themselves?

Fish can hook themselves because they have sharp teeth and fins which enable them to impale their mouths or bodies on debris as well as an object floating in the water. Fish can also hook themselves when they have a lot of bait on their mouth, causing them to swallow too much and as a result swim into objects while fishing.

6.   How do you use a worm hook?

To use a worm hook, make sure to select the right size for your bait and if it is wire or soft bait. Choose the appropriate size according to local regulations. It is also important to select a sharpened hook so that it will penetrate through the skin of larger fish easily.

7.   Do you need to use a new hook every time?

No, it is not necessary to use a new hook every time because once the barb has gone through the flesh of your prey, there should be no reason why you would need to remove it. If you do not want the hook exposed, there are hooks that you can easily insert into fish.

There are also barbless hooks that do not have the barbs that can cause a lot of pain to an unsuspecting fish.

8.   What is a gape?

The gape on a hook refers to the gap, or distance between the points of your hook. The wider this gap is, then the easier it will be for you to use the hook, especially if you are trying to catch a fish that has a thick or hard mouth.

9.   Do hooks come apart?

Yes, hooks can easily come apart from the eyes of your fishing line due to constant vibrations and jumping of fish, causing it to tear out the eye part of your line as well as dropping the hook back down.

10.   How do you remove a hook from a fish's mouth?

To remove a hook from a fish, it is very important to hold the line as close as possible to the eye of your fishing line because this will allow you to reel in most of the fish before pulling out the hook, which can cause a lot of pain and harm to the fish.


Types of hooks are used in fishing for a variety of purposes. It is important to choose the right hook according to what you want to use it for and what species of fish you would like to catch. Fortunately, there is an array of types and sizes available at most sport fishing shops that can help anglers find the best hook for all types of fishing.

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