To learn to use bass fishing hooks, anglers will need to learn the right techniques, rigs, and equipment to use when it comes to fishing bass hooks. Bass hooks come in a variety of sizes and styles that will optimize your chances at presenting the right type of hook for the particular application. Whether you’re fishing with treble or single hooks, learning how to use bass fishing hooks will give you the edge on the water when you’re pursuing your favorite type of predatory bass.
- Sharpen all your hooks Before you hit the water with hook, line, and sinker, you’ll need to take a closer look at that factory-produced hook. Many anglers assume that since you bought the hook new from the company, that it will be sharp enough to stick any predatory fish right out of the box: wrong. Factory-bought hooks are some of the dullest hooks out there. If you spend thousands (or even less) in pursuit of catching bass, than why jeopardize any part of your pursuit? Instead of using dull, factory-bought hooks, purchase a $5 hook sharpener and sharpen each of your hooks. Sharpening your hooks is a quick way to maximize your chances at catching more fish. To sharpen your hooks, run the metal file from the barb (or base) of the hook towards the point. Make sure to sharpen each side of the point to ensure that you’re getting your hook as sharp as possible. To check the sharpness of your hooks, simply drag the point of the hook across the enamel on your thumb nail.
- The right rig for the right application Knowing which rig to use when you’re on the water can be the difference between a successful day versus another day of a sore butt and empty gut! Once you’ve determined what type of fish you’re going to pursue, choose a rig that will maximize your chances at catching that species of bass. If you’re fishing deeper, use a weighted rig that will allow you to get down deep. If you’re fishing a shallow river, consider using a non-weighted rig and fish it with the current. Using weighted hooks; which is a hook with lead weight tied around the shank, will give you more options when it comes to fishing bass hooks.
- Hook management Even if you sharpen your hooks and know which rigs to fish, you’ll still need to manage the quality, quantity, and other aspects of your bass fishing hooks. If your hooks get rust on them, spray WD-40 on them and rub them down with metal wool. If they get bent, replace them versus bending them back into place time and time again. This will ensure that you’re fishing with a quality hook that will allow you catch more bass and face less heart-breaks!