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Short vs. Long shank hooks

March 14th 2014 01:58
It used to be a hook is a hook and then someone got creative and the result was a bewildering mess when you go to the sporting goods store to buy some simple fishing hooks.

Aside from hook size, another part of the size maze you have to worry about is short or long shanks. Luckily, this is pretty much what it sounds like. To make things easy, consider the shank to be the area of the hook from the loop where you tie on to the curved part.

Often times, it's a good idea to change the hooks on a lure to make make them sharper, more rugged, etc. Although I'm not crazy about changing hooks, I do it on cheap lures or lures that have seen a couple or more seasons and I have to spend a lot of time sharpening the hook points instead of fishing.


When changing hooks, I always advise to try and replace the old hook with something very similar from a good hook manufacturer such as Gamakatsu. (AND, for the record, I'm not getting a kickback from Gamakatsu! Like Rapala lures, Gamakatsu has proven worth over the years!) The reason for using a similar hook is that a radical change may affect the lure's action.

fishing lure
The front treble I added matches up well with the other hook and it doesn't foul but, that's not very important since this is a wooden lure I retired a few years ago.
While we're on this topic. I will admit there is one lure I change on purpose. That is the Arbogast Jitterbug.


Back in the day when the Jitterbug was developed, they must not have been too picky. How else can you explain the way the hooks intertwine and foul and, when the lure is a few yards out, you notice you might as well be reeling in a rock?

I'll be the first to admit, I've never used a musky Jitterbug but, hook tangling is a real problem on the smaller sizes. For this reason, I like to change just the front hook and use something shorter instead of the hook that is attached when the lure comes out of the package. The Jitterbug is a topwater lure anyway so, if the front rises because the hook is a bit lighter, so much the better. Along those lines, if the new hook affects the way the lure sits in the water, it will probably settle down when you begin reeling.

When it comes to long or short shank hooks, it makes a lot more sense than some of hook size mambo-jumbo!




Remember to take the hooks outta yer pocket before ya sit down!
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Ho, ho, ho!

December 25th 2013 00:08
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fishing hooks
Since the basics of fishing are so simple, one would think it's pretty simple to buy some hooks. WRONG!

There are different sizes, colors and even types.

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Know your hooks

February 25th 2011 02:21
circle hooks
I'm a little partial to circle hooks these days.
Knowing a bit about fishing hooks never hurts because they are one of the basic components of angling.

Unfortunately, there are no “standards” upon which fish hook sizes are based but, they usually comply within the structure of sizes 32 to around 19/0.

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Bull sharks in India

June 24th 2010 00:40
Here's a fairly cool video I got the other day from NatGeo.

The vid follows a study on shark attacks in Indian rivers which results in, (duh!) bull sharks.

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Slow death hooks for walleye

March 17th 2010 23:54
Slow Death Hooks
They may look like a truck ran over them but, Slow Death hooks can be just the thing you need!

After I posted yesterday about walleye, I thought I'd better tell you about Mustad Slow death hooks.

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One big freakin' hook!

December 3rd 2009 02:16
fishing hooks
Here ya go--the big 10/0,the 8/0 used to be my biggie, a 3/0 and a Size 4.

I recently came across a 10/0 hook.

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A few words about sharpening hooks

June 14th 2009 01:05
fishing hooks
Articles from the past always encouraged you to sharpen your hooks. General wisdom was that a hook was never as sharp as it could be when it came right from the packet. I still agree with this philosophy but, if you use some of the newer laser or chemically sharpened hooks, you may be defeating their advantage. In most cases trying to sharpen chemically or laser sharpened hooks will actually blunt them.

Chemically sharpened and laser sharpened hooks are made so that after the hook is formed, the points are treated with chemicals and exposed to a laser which burns off excess metal and leaves a sharp point.

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Advice on picking hooks

May 23rd 2009 03:14
If you go into a tackle shop or sporting goods department to buy some hooks, chances are that you're going to find a lot more than you anticipated.

All those sizes and shapes! Is it necessary?

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Will Raison talks about hooks

May 22nd 2009 00:45
Will Raison is one of the premier anglers in Great Britain. In September of 2008 he won the individual gold medal at the world fresh water championship in Italy. In this video he offers some wisdom for choosing hooks.



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A good all-around rig

April 24th 2009 01:29
fishing rig
I have no idea what this rig is called but, it works pretty well for most fish. In fact, the only species I know of that WON'T bite on this is carp. (I can't say they never bite on this but it's not a carp rig.) You can even use this for surf fishing! All you have to do is change from the weight you usually use and go with a heavier weight--usually a pyramid style sinker-- and head for the waves.

If you do much fishing, you'll probably say it looks sort of like a drop shot rig. That's something I won't deny!

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Change last year's hooks

March 25th 2009 00:58
Chances are a lot of your lures sat around and rusted over the winter.

Rusty hooks can be an angler's worst enemy. Not only are they dull but getting stuck by a rusty hook is worse than getting stuck by a new hook because the rust is a quicker route for infection.

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Finally, an end to snags

January 18th 2009 01:31
Neversnag
One problem that has plagued anglers since day one has been throwing your line out and getting snagged. This is finally remedied by a product called Neversnag!


The Neversnag™ Guardhook™ takes fishing hooks and couples them with spring guards to create a product so safe you can carry it in your pocket. When you get ready to fish, you remove the guard from the hook point and it stays on the hook to act as a "keeper" so you end up losing fewer fish.

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Merry Christmas!!

December 24th 2008 23:47
As Joe Cool would say..."Have a cool yule!"


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Fishing can help returning vets

November 26th 2008 02:23
I was surfing the web, looking for some info, when I found something else and it sort of took over everything I was thinking about at the time…


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Using circle hooks

August 25th 2008 00:09
As we learned yesterday, circle hooks have been around a long time. Despite this, through a renewed interest, they appear to be something new!

The fish catching ability of circle hooks can not be denied! After the hook is swallowed (often literally) by a fish, the angler applies a steady pressure upon retrieval which not only sets the hook but also pulls the hook form the animal's stomach! It is the unique, curved shape of the circle hook that allows this.

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What are circle hooks?

August 24th 2008 00:45
Although circle hooks are one of the hot "new" items when it comes to fishing and conservation, they've actually been around for centuries. Ancient use of circle hooks was far-reaching to say the least. Archaeologists have discovered circle style hooks in North America as well as Japan and Polynesia.

Exactly what is a circle hook?

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Making barbless hooks

August 22nd 2008 01:43
When you catch a fish with a ripped up lip you know they must not feel pain or, at least, they're not too smart because, surely, they wouldn't be biting on anything that causes pain.

Anyway, those ripped up lips don't have to be if you use a barbless hook.

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Weekend tip--Unhooking yourself

September 14th 2007 22:49
I've been REALLY lucky and haven't hooked myself for longer than I care to admit. Although I wanted to talk about this a LONG time ago, I'm not brave enough to stab myself in the hand just to illustrate a point. I like my readers but, let's get real! Anyhoo, I was at the library the other day and saw this in a book. A guy showed it to me a long time ago and I want to share it with you, also. You can practice this on a piece of raw meat. I've done it like that a few times each year so, if I ever need to put this into practice, I haven't gotten rusty.

I hope you never need this info!

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Apologies to Mac Davis!

One area that has seen a lot of change over the past few years is hooks. It used to be that a hook is a hook is a hook. Now days, you can find a wide variety of hooks on the market in various sizes as well as finishes, and for various applications. Despite all the hooks you may find, one constant holds true—the smaller the size number, the


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