Hook Size

What size hook should I use ?

Hook size depends on the type of fish you seek. This is a guideline for many of the most common saltwater fish. For Snappers you want to use as small a hook as possible. Their mouths are not very big and you want to maximize the amount of hookups. I recommend a size 2 or 3 hook. For Barracuda you should use a hook with a very long shank. You definitely want to keep the line out of this fish’s mouth at all costs. The extra length on the shank may save quite a few line breaks. For Sharks you need to match the hook to the bait you are suing but stay big. Do not use circle hooks for Sharks, they will not work well at all. I use a 10/0 to 13/0 hook when fishing with large twelve inch long mullet. If using a live pinfish I will generally switch to a 1/0 to 3/0 hook depending on the size of the fish. Again you need to look at the fish and match the hook size to the fish. Remember also that Sharks are powerful fish with strong mouths. You must select a hook with a thick enough shank to withstand the pressure it will imply. If the shank of your hook is too thin the Shark can and will straighten the hook while fighting and secure its release. For Grouper using a circle hook is often the best way to go. This type of hook will often catch the fish in the corner of the mouth every time when used properly.

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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