How To Choose The Right Size Hook For Soft Plastic Fishing Lures


How do you know which size hook to use for your soft plastic lures?

Do you pick a size at random?

Do you just go with whatever you have in your tackle box?

Or do you carefully plan it out?

Choosing the wrong size hook could cause you to miss strikes, or, even worse…

Get no strikes at all.

So in this video, I’m going to give you a simple rule of thumb to help you decide which size hook to use with your soft plastic fishing lures.

Check it out below.

How To Chose The Right Size Hook [VIDEO]

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Here’s the general rule I like to use when deciding what size hook to use with my soft plastics:

Match the hook size to the length of the bait.

Here are some examples:

3″ lure — 3/0 hook

4″ lure — 4/0 hook

5″ lure — 5/0 hook

One exception to this rule is if I’m using really tiny baits.

If I’m using a 2″ bait, I like to go with a 1/0 hook.

And as far as if a bait is not a whole number, I like to round down.

For instance, if I’m using a 3.5″ lure, I’ll use a 3/0 hook.

This rule of thumb is helpful because if you choose a hook that’s too small, a fish may bite a large part of the bait, but still not get hooked because the hook is just in a small portion of the front of the lure.

And if you choose a hook that’s too big, it may come out of the tail and cause your lure to have much less action, which can cause you to get fewer strikes.

Of course, this is just a general rule, there are definitely situations where I’ll choose a different size hook, but this tip will help you choose the right size hook next time you’re confused.


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A simple rule of thumb to help you choose the right size hook to pair with your soft plastic lures is to choose the same size hook as your bait’s length in inches.

Have any questions about choosing the right size hook?

Do you have another way of selecting which size hook to use?

Let me know in the comments below.

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Joseph Pack
2 years ago

This might sound dumb, but when would you use a 3″ vs a 5″? Is it just a matter of I want to catch a bigger fish? How would you determine what size if appropriate for the environment? (I’m guessing I missed that class)

Dale Fluty
2 years ago

Hey Tony, What hooks were you using? It looks like the led is in two places on the hook and the led looked to be narrowed on the ends.

Stuart Secler
2 years ago

Makes sense to me…….. Thanks


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