Monday, 15 February 2010

short shank curved
a hybrid of the long shank curved & wide gape hook, the short shank offer super hook-hold with either bottom baits or pop-ups. the slightly curved shank help the hook to turn into a fish's mouth. the only drawback is that it's generally larger in profile than its wide gape counterpart

long shank
with their long straight shanks & straight hook points, long shank hooks are favourite for present anglers. the pattern turns well in the fish's mouth & offer good hook-holding properties

wide gape
usually having short shank with either staright or slightly in-turned eyes, wide gape hooks are an excellent all-round pattern for a variety of fish baits. they are also used to great effect when floater or zig-rig fishing

beaked point
beaked or in-turned hooks, as they are sometimes known, produce excellent hook-holds, particularly in snaggy 'hit & hold' swims or weedy waters. they may not catch hold as well as other patterns but when they do they are one of the most reliable patterns of hook you can use

long shank curved
banned on some waters after allegations that they cause damages to the fish's mouth in several countries, they are renowned for their excellent hooking qualities. also, the shape make them difficult for the fish to eject once the hook takes hold in its mouth

out turned
hooks with out turned eyes are excellent for use with pop-up rigs over 'chod' or silt, or with stiff mono rigs, because the stiff hooklink comes off the hook at a much less aggressive angle. this helps the hook to twist & 'turn into' the fish's mouth

short shank
one of the best all-round hooks you can use, the simple short shank has become angler's favourite. many believe that when it comes to effectively pricking the fish's lip a straight point hook offers the best success rate. the drawback is they're occasionally less than secure hook-holding ability. they seem best suited to open water fishing & surface tactics, when used in smaller sizes such as a 10 or 12

credits: / flickr / the best of UKCarp/ various data


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