Understand Hook Sizes

Understand Hook Sizes

 

Remember,large number mean small hooks.

Hook sizes are not complicated.  The higher the hook size number means the smaller the hook.  The addition of a slash and zero, /0 to the larger hook sizes could lead to confusion.  Sizes 24,22,20 descending are the tinest freashwater fishing size.  The sea range starts at around size 8;6;4; 2 and gets bigger down to a size 1.  Once the 1 is reached the /0 is added as the size increases as the number increases from 1/0, 2/0, 3/0, 4/0 and up to a 12/0 which is the largest big-game hook.  Hook sizes are supposed to be standard, but in reality they are not and the various manufacturers  have their own interpretation of sizes. 

HOOK SIZES AND SPECIES  FORMULA

Here is a  rough guide of hook size in relation to fish species.

* Size 4 and 6:  Suitable for small species with tiny mouths like mullet, sole, bream, and garfish.

* Size 2,1,1/0:   The standard sizes for shore fishing for the smaller common species like dogfish, wrasse, pouting, whitting, codling, dads, flounder, plaice etc.

* Size 1/0,2/0 and 3/0:  The choice for larger species like cod,bass,poolack,rays,and smoothhounds.

* Size 4/0,5/0,6/0:  Essential for the biggest species, such as conger eels, big cod or bass and for use with very large baits like whole squid and macerel.

* Size 6/0 and above; Required for sharks and big game fish.