A basic guide to fishing hooks and what baits you can use on
the size of hook you will be using for carp and
coarse angling. This is a general guide only because bear in mind that manufacturers sizes of
hooks can vary quite significantly. What may be a size 14 hook with
one manufacturer could be a 16 with another.
Ok. Your going to choose a hook to catch your fish; how do you
decide what size of hook you are going to use?
1. do you choose a hook to match the fish you are going to catch or
hook to match the bait you will be using?
The answer is really a mixture of both!
target fish are gudgeon - using a size 4 hook with a 20mm boilie
would unlikely catch you a gudgeon - the bait and hook would be too
you are fishing for carp of around 20lb - a large lobworm
on a size 24 hook (if you could get the lobworm to stay on the hook)
would be taken by the carp but a size 24 hook would unlikely hold the fish.
As with all things to do with fishing it all comes down to trial and
error. Always try to match the hook to the bait.
Barbless Fishing Hooks
I recommend all anglers fish using barbless hooks.
The advantage of using barbless hooks is that they are easy to
remove and do not harm the fish as much as a barbed hook could.
If you only have barbed hooks you can use a pair of pliers to crush
down the barb.
I believe that barbs were initially introduced to
stop the bait coming off and not to hold the fish on once hooked.
||Baits used on the hook
- use this as a guide only
||joker, bloodworm, squat
||joker, bloodworm, squat, pinkie
||maggot, caster, punched bread, hemp, double pinkie
||maggot, caster, double pinkie, punched bread, hemp, tares,
||double maggot, double caster, punched bread,
pinch of bread paste or paste bait, redworm, dendrobaena, sweetcorn, expander pellet, hemp, tares
bread paste, paste bait, double maggot, double sweetcorn, worm, dendrobaena, cocktails,
pellet, expander pellet, meat
||bunched maggot, bread flake,
bread paste, paste, meat,
double sweetcorn, worm, dendrobaena, cocktails, chum mixer, meat, mini boilie, peanut
||paste, meat, bread crust, chum mixer
double sweetcorn, meat, chum mixer, 10mm boilies, tiger nut
||lobworm, paste, bread crust,
bread paste, meat, triple sweetcorn, 10mm boilies, 14mm boilies, 2xchum mixer, maize, tiger nut, 14mm pellet
||lobworm, paste, bread crust, lip hooked live bait, meat, 14mm boilies,
20mm boilies, 14mm+ pellet
||lobworm, paste, bread crust, lip hooked live bait, meat, 20mm+ pellets,
||lobworm, paste, bread crust, lip hooked
live bait, meat, 20mm+ pellets,
Article by Jim Boswell