How Often To Change Out Your Fishing Hooks (And QUIT Missing Fish!)
Here’s a great question I just got asked: how often should you change out your hooks?
This is such a good question because the hook is on the only thing that touches the fish, so if you don’t have a strong, sharp hook, you probably won’t catch anything.
On the other hand, hooks, especially jig heads and weighted swimbait hooks, aren’t exactly cheap, so you don’t want to be using new ones unless you have to.
So in this video, you’ll learn several questions to ask yourself to help you decide whether to keep your hook or tie a new one on.
How Often To Change Fishing Hooks [VIDEO]
Whether or not you should keep your hook on comes down to what kind of shape it’s in.
Here are the questions I ask when inspecting a hook before I put a bait or lure on it:
Is the hook point dull?
After a lot of fish, the hook point will eventually wear down.
Also, it’s possible that the tip will even break off, especially if you get snagged on a rock, oyster bar, or piling.
Many people don’t notice that when it happens and it can lead to them missing fish.
So make sure that your hook point is sharp before using it.
Is the eye of the hook in good shape?
The eye is where your knot attaches to the hook, so definitely be sure it’s smooth.
If it’s rusty or corroded, it could be sharp which could tear your line and cause you to lose a fish.
This is especially important if you have a loose knot like a loop knot where the line has freedom to rub against the eye.
That’s happened to me before and it’s not a good feeling!
Has the hook been bent?
Sometimes if you hook into a big fish the hook will bend.
Yes, you can bend it back, but when you do this, it weakens the hook.
So once a hook is bent I toss it and tie on a new hook.
Is the hook rusty?
In addition to the eye being rusty, the shank or bend of the hook can be rusty, too.
This could leave you with a weak hook since you don’t know how deep the rust goes, so I recommend not using a rusty hook.
Bonus tip #1: Don’t use steel pliers
Try to avoid using steel pliers when removing hooks because the bare metal on metal can scrape away the coating on the hook which will leave it more prone to rusting.
Bonus tip #2: Clean your hooks after every trip with fresh water
To make your hooks last longer, clean them with fresh water and dry them.
Doing that can help you get more trips out of each hook and can help you save money from not having to buy new ones.
Hooks are so important because they’re the only thing that actually has contact with the fish.
Inspect your hooks before you tie them on to help ensure they’re in good shape and you’ll give yourself a much better chance at landing fish.
Also, by cleaning them after every trip you’ll be able to extend their life span and save money on hooks in the long run.
Have any questions about fishing hooks?
Let me know in the comments below!
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