Jump to content
jchez444

Matching Hook Size To Bait

Recommended Posts

couple quick question about the hooks and size everyone uses. first i normally use gamakatsu ewg xtra wide for pretty much all applications and was wondering if im wrong in doing so. i think my hook up ratio is okay and im happy with. now these are the size baits i normally fish and wanted to see what hook size is best, something i tend to either overthink due to me changing it ofthen.

1.7in ribbontail work

2.4-5 inch creature baits brush hog

3.3-4 inch creature, craws (brush hogs, rodents, yuki bug, craws)

4.stick baits sizes 4/5/6inch.

seeing what type of hook and size works best. thanks for the info

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My main t-rigged plastics are Beavers, Senkos, Paca Craws, and Caffine shads.

Beavers- 3"= 2/0 EWG, 4"=3/0 EWG, flipping heavy cover= straight shank 4/0 flipping hook

Senkos: 4" 2/0= EWG, 5"= 3/0 EWG, 6"= 4/0 EWG

Paca Craws: baby=2/0 EWG, regular= 4/0 EWG

Caffine Shads: 4"= 3/0 EWG, 5" =4/0 EWG

I don't toss ribbon tail worms much any more, and when I do use worms, usually they are straight tailed on a shakey head or drop shot.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you're happy with your hookup ratio, then you can't be doing much wrong as far as hook choices.

Nevertheless, a good rule of thumb is to use a hook with a gap at least double the bait's diameter.That allows the hook to get through the plastic and into the fish's jaw rather than the plastic bunching up on the hook.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

3/0 widegap is a good all around size. I like the Bass Pro thick nickel plated. You get 25 for $7, and if they get dull just toss it and tie another. I have no problems as far as fish coming off the hook, so I wont spend a fortune on hooks.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Don't forget wire size, matched to the LB/test line you are fishing.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If I only have one rod rigged for plastics, I use a 4/0 or 5/0 EWG and never change, unless I switch to a really small bait that won't fit n the hook. I'm sure there are times when it would be beneficial to downsize hooks, but fishing the Mississippi and the generally murky water, I don't feel like using larger hooks effets my catches, and I save time by not switching.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

3/0 widegap is a good all around size. I like the Bass Pro thick nickel plated. You get 25 for $7, and if they get dull just toss it and tie another. I have no problems as far as fish coming off the hook, so I wont spend a fortune on hooks.

That's the only thing I use too. Their XPS hooks. Good hooks, great price. And chances are they are built by one of the big hook manufacturers anyhow.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I pretty much agree, I use eagle claws from Walmart 4/0 worm and ewg and hardly every change them. I use eagle claws 4/0 circle hooks offshore in the ocean and they work just fine.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I fished mainly EWG before I got into a straight shank hook for rigging my craws/creatures when pitching/flipping.

I'm very please with the hook up ratio of the straight shank hook. I will use a 4/0 or 5/0 just depending on the size of the plastic, I got as big as possible without overpowering the bait.

I still use the EWG for most other purposes (senko, ribbon tail worm, tubes big lizards). Again I go as big as possible without overpowering the bait...often 3/0 or 4/0 for senkos, tubes, 5/0 for worms etc.

Keep hookin em!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

3/0 widegap is a good all around size. I like the Bass Pro thick nickel plated. You get 25 for $7, and if they get dull just toss it and tie another. I have no problems as far as fish coming off the hook, so I wont spend a fortune on hooks.

I said that too one time.....Then I regretted it....

Least make sure you buy good hooks!

I buy nothing less than owner's or gammy now.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I said that too one time.....Then I regretted it....

Least make sure you buy good hooks!

I buy nothing less than owner's or gammy now.

I've used every hook out there, and for the longest time would only use Owner/Gmakatsu....These BPS hooks are good hooks.

Like I said, chances are the BPS hooks are made by them anyhow...Or, at the very least made by a big hook manufacturer. (Owner/gammy,mustad)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Don't forget wire size, matched to the LB/test line you are fishing.

Very important especially if your using braid. Thin wired hooks don't stand a chance!

I always use the largest hook that I can get away with. Usually Owners 2X for plastics 4 inches/ 6/0 and 5/0 for 3 inches.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • fishing

    fishing forum

    fishing rods

    fishing reels

    fishing

    bass fish

    fish for bass
    fish

×