How To Select A Hook For Bass Fishing

Hook selection for bass fishing

Bass fishing is a fascinating topic. What is so interesting about fishing a bass? Which tackles, lures, hooks should you have? There are so many things you have to know… In this article, you will find information on hook selection for bass fishing. This is a very important issue since your success will greatly depend on the correct choice of the hook for bass fishing.

A bass is a popular fish in terms of fishing because it is a predator, which means that you can catch it on any tackle – on the float fishing rod or on the spinning rod. Bass does not lose activity even in winter. Therefore, you can fish it all year round. Its activity also depends little on the weather, it is almost always hungry and ready for a bite.

In order to succeed in bass fishing, it is important to choose the right hook. You should take into account the type of environment where you will fish (open and clear water or rugs and dense vegetation) and the size of your lures. After this, you can choose your hook.

If you look at the shelf of the fishing store, you can get lost from the abundance of various models of hooks. They all differ in size, shape, colors, and bends. So which one to choose?

You can use either light wire hooks or heavy wire hooks. Light wire hooks will be good for fishing in light vegetation with light line and small lures. Heavy wire hooks are better for fishing through the thick grass where you need to keep your lure on the hook. Such type of hook also requires a heavier line, fishing rod, and a big lure.

What should you know about fishing hooks?

Fishing hook

The hook consists of a shank with an eye, a throat and a point with a barb.

The eyes of hooks can be different: some in the form of a ring, others in the form of a spatula. The ringed shape is the most common and the best for bass fishing. The eye can also have a straight, turn down and turn up designs.

It is important to have a hook for bass fishing with a barb. It is necessary to hold bass on the hook after penetration. The larger the barb, the better it will hold.

The hook shank is the section between the eye and the bend of the throat. It can be straight or curved. You can also find the hooks with barbs on the shank to hold soft lures.

The point of the hook is important to penetrate the bass’ mouth. Remember that the point should be sharp. There are different types of points:

  • Spear point. It is a standard point with a straight line from the tip to the barb.
  • Hollow point. It is a rounded point. It will be good for soft mouth fish and not for a largemouth or smallmouth bass.
  • Needle point. This point is very sharp and has evenly rounded sides.
  • Surgical needle. This is a relatively new type of a point. It looks like surgical suture needles.
  • Knife edge. It has a plain inner surface and the sides are ground. Good for catching big fish.

The hook throat is a distance between the bottom of the curve and top of the point. The throat should be deep, especially if you want to catch a big bass.

What are the types of hooks for bass fishing?

Worm hook (straight shank)

Worm hook

This hook is the most basic for bass fishing. It is available in many shapes and sizes. You can use this hook for soft plastic lures of all kinds. This hook is rather durable and ensures good penetration. However, the disadvantage of the worm hook is that it doesn’t have any barrier that will prevent the lure from slipping down the shank. So you will bait it more often, and as a result, your lure will lose its proper condition.

For bass fishing, the sizes vary from 2 to 8/0.

Baitholder hook

Baitholder hook

The baitholder hook is intended for a live bait use. It has a long shank with bards to prevent the live bait from slipping and wiggling.

The size of the hook ranges from 14 to 6/0.

Aberdeen hook

Aberdeen hook

The Aberdeen hook is a light wire hook that is also used for live bait. This hook has a pronounced round and a bit square bend. Since it is a light wire, it will not do much damage to the lure.

Bass fishermen use this hook in sizes from 2 to 4/0.

Circle hook

Circle hook

The circle hook is also used for live bait. In fact, this hook is not for bass fishing, but it can also be effective. If fishing correctly, the bass will not swallow the bait.

The point of this hook curves to the shank so that it creates a near circle. Thanks to this deep curve, the fish will not escape when the hook penetrates.

Circle hooks are popular with “catch and release” bass fishermen. When using this hook, you just need to allow the fish to take the bait and run. When the hook penetrates, it stays in the corner of the mouth. While the bass keeps moving, the circle hook rotates until the point and gap sink in the mouth and the bass will be hooked.

Light wire circle hooks are available is sizes 8 to 1 and sizes 1/0 to 8/0 in the heavy wire models.

Octopus hook

Octopus hook

The octopus hook is similar to the circle hook. It has a short curved shank that extends to the bend but less than the circle hook. You can use this hook for drop shot rigs, wacky rigs and even for a Texas rig.

The octopus hook comes in sizes 6 through 5/0.

Treble hook

Treble hook

The treble hook has 3 shanks with 3 points. For bass fishing, you can use it for topwater lures, crankbaits, hard jerkbaits, and topwaters like Zara Spooks.

The size of this hook is from 1 to 2/0.


A properly selected hook is the key to success for bass fishing. So consider all the things that are mentioned in the article. Take into account your fishing conditions as well as hook size, shank length and shape, bend, and point of your hook. By choosing the right hook, you will greatly increase your chances to enjoy your bass fishing experience.

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