Fish Hook Guide

Here is a chart of the most popular Fishing Hook Styles used by anglers for many species of fish.

Bait Hooks     Bait hooks come in a variety of styles and are the white-bread option of hooks. Most feature barbs on the shaft to hold bait in place. Longer shank hooks are good for teaching kids to fish, while shorter shank ones are often used in snells. FishingHookBG Bait
Circle HooksCircle hooks have a pronounced circular bend, short shank and an inward bending point. Many fish will swallow bait, resulting in gut hooking with conventional live bait hooks. Circle hooks act differently. When an angler detects a bite, a slow steady pull of the line is all that’s needed to move the hook to the side or top of the fish’s mouth to prevent gut hooking. This style of hook is an excellent choice for bait fishing and catch and release practices. FishingHookBG circle
Treble HooksTreble hooks feature three bends and points in one hook. Trebles provide greater coverage for artificial baits such as crankbaits, jerkbaits or topwaters. Bait anglers also use trebles. Cut bait for catfish or threading minnows for trolling salmon or trout are examples where trebles are regularly used. FishingHookBG Treble
Siwash HooksSiwash hooks have a long shank and a straight eye to ensure they sit properly on lures. Siwash hooks are often used on single hook baits, such as spinnerbaits. They’re also an excellent alternative to factory-provided treble hooks on spoons and other baits. These hooks are handy to replace treble hooks on hard-baits when fishing a zone that limit hook points on a per lure. FishingHookBG Siwash
Aberdeen HooksAberdeen hooks are composed of a lighter wire than Siwash hooks and are often used for bait fishing. The thin metal easily hooks bait with minimal damage so it stays lively. Light wire also makes them a good option when fishing timber for crappie. When snagged, you can sometimes bend the hook and pull it free with a bit of pressure. FishingHookBG aberdeen
Octopus HooksOctopus hooks are short-shank hooks that feature a round shank and bend, but it’s not as dramatic as circle hooks. Octopus hooks are often used for bait fishing when minimal hook weight and size is essential for a natural presentation. These hooks are great for hooking a leech through the sucker. A mosquito hook is a variation on this style. FishingHookBG octopus
Worm HooksA variety of worm hooks exist to fish soft-plastic baits. Worm hooks feature a slight bend just below the hook eye for Texas-rigging plastics to make them weedless. Most worm hooks feature wide gaps to ensure adequate clearance for the point to penetrate a fish’s yap when setting the hook with a bulky plastic offering. These hooks are quite strong and feature solid penetrating power to hook fish. FishingHookBG worm
Jig HooksJig hooks are designed to sit in specific jig molds. They feature a bend just below the hook eye, with 90-degrees being the most common. Pouring your own jigs can save you money and be a fun winter hobby to gear up for the next season. FishingHookBG Jig