Choice of fishing hooks simplified
Commercial fishermen have a far more relaxed approach to fishing hooks than the sport fisher. They are making simple choices and it work for them.
- Ring, Eye or Flat end:
Fishing hooks with ring are today limited to hooks for large pelagic fishes. When you mount
the hook to the mono, the hooks with ring will move better in the current and attract
Hooks with flat end are faster to mount, these hooks are also less expensive than
the hooks with eye. Our workers can mount up to 200 hooks per hour. If you prefer to
mount the snoods with sleeves, flat end cannot do. Mounting with sleeves require an eye.
Sleeve-mounted hooks gives a 30-35% stronger snood than with a knot, a knot reduces the
breaking strain of the mono with 40-50%
Commercial fishermen do not use expensive fishing hooks. Many fisheries change the hooks daily
– only fishing once with a hook. Commercial hooks are priced at a third of a quality
hook – but they fish the same first 3-5 soakings. After that, the commercial hook
will corrode, at a speed of 3-4 times faster than a quality hook. Carbon steel hooks
comes in two versions, single dipped (cheap) and double dipped (such as Mustad) Carbon
steel is stronger than Stainless steel, small and thin hooks of Stainless Steel will be
A commercial and cheap fishing hook is 3-4 times
more expensive, the hook have the same penetration
performance in the barb the first 3-5 times of
fishing. The fact is that also the expensive hooks
lose its sharpness long before it start to corrode.
For commercial longline, expensive hooks do not
pay. The main manufacturers of all types of hooks
have developed the right flexibility so the strength
and flexibility is not a big issue when choosing hooks.
All types of fishing hooks, as long as they are fitting into the mouth of the fish.
The main choice is to employ a straight hook (type Round Bent Sea) or a hook with
offset / twist (Kirby, Pico de Loro)
A straight hook will go down to the belly of the fish, and a twisted hook will
catch the side of the mouth. Therefore, straight hooks should be employed for
fish with weak mouths since a twisted hook would easier be ripped out of the mouth.
In long lining, a fish can be alive on the hook for the entire time of the set, as
contrary to the single line fishing where the fish is brought on board within minutes.