Hooks

Best hooks for sea angling

Long shank, fine wire Aberdeen hooks and fresh lug are the perfect combination for small­mouthed flatfish such as this plump 3 lb (1.4kg) summertime plaice. A wide range of hook sizes is used in sea fishing around Britain, reflecting the different fish you can catch and the variety of baits you can use. The basic …

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Sea hooks

Sea hooks come in a bewildering variety of styles and sizes, but each type has a distinct function: the thoughtful sea angler rrakes the right choices and keeps them sharp. No item of the sea angler’s equipment is more important than the hook which, after all, is in direct contact with the fish and so …

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Barbs and Shanks

Barbs The barb is most often the trouble-spot in a hook. Most are cut too deep (stand out too far from the body), which causes weakness at that point. This, coupled with the common fault of the barb being set too far from the point, means that undue force is required to drive home both …

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Freshwater hooks

The best fish are never the ones that are caught, but those that got away. This needn’t be so, though, if you take the time and trouble to select the right kind of hook for the fish you want. Hooks are the most important items of an angler’s tackle and yet, all too often, they …

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