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Article: June, 2003
Lake Fork Pro Jim ReaneauEvery trip I am asked what kind or size hook I use on certain baits. I use a 2/0 off set for worm fishing and Carolina rigging. Some times I will use a wide gap hook for this. Bass pro shop has a hook called XPS and they look just like a wide gap Owner. They are very strong and very cost efficient. I like the 2/0,3/0,4/0. These hooks are good and strong. There are twenty five per package and cost $5.00.

Now back to hooks. For weightless wacky worms I use a straight shank hook that is a 1/0 or sometimes I use the 2/0 wide gap XPS hook for more weight when the wind is blowing. For drop shot I use a very short shank hook that is a number one hook. This hook is a special hook for this method of fishing. I like a 1/0 hook for finesse worms and a very small weight.

For the Wave worm or floating worm I like a 3/0 wide gap hook. I use the XPS hook for this. I rig the bait Texas style and the hook is heavy enough the sink the bait and throw it into the wind. The Lake Fork ring fry need a 4/0 or 5/0 wide hook because of the thick body of the worm. These hooks will work on ten inch worms as you need more hooking power for the amount of rubber. I tie a palamar knot to all of the above baits.

The new hooks are designed to be electronically sharpened. They come out of the package sharp. When I hang up and bend a hook out I may rebend it one or two times and then throw it away. The hook becomes weak and I am afraid it want hold a fish.

I hope all will understand that there are many shape and style of hooks. This is only my opinion and recommendation. Everyone has their own ideal of what hook to use when. I am only trying to help the ones who want to have a starting point.

The off set hooks help keep the worm on the hook. The slight bend will hold the worm head up by the eye. The straight shank hooks will allow the worm to slide down in the grass. So keep the in mind when choosing a worm hook.
Thanks and Good Fishing,

Fishing Tip by EX Lake Fork Guide Jim Reaneau


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