Maybe you want to go down to your local river, pond, or ocean to try your luck at catching some fish.

Before you head out, what fishing hooks do you have?

If you aren’t familiar with fishing, you may think all fishing hooks are the same because, after all, they serve the same purpose and they look alike.

First off, not all fishing hooks are the same and not all are equal.

Your fishing hook needs to match the weight of the fish you’re hoping to catch, the bait/lures you have, the feeding habits of the fish you’re looking to catch and whether you’re planning on catching and eating or catching and releasing.

The size and shape of your hooks will make a big difference in determining whether you’re fishing endeavors are successful.

Types and Sizes of Fishing Hooks

There are two types of fish hooks: the traditional J hooks and circle hooks. Both hooks eventually accomplish the same thing of “hooking” fish. One does it more immediately than the other. Here is more detailed information on each type.

The Classic J Hook

J fishing hook

The most common type of hook is the J hook. These fishing hooks look like the letter J. These hooks come in various sizes which depend on the size of the fish you’re going after.

J hooks work by implanting the sharp, jagged portion of the lower part of the J into the side of the fish’s mouth. As this type of fishing hook is sharp and exposed, it immediately gets caught onto the fish.

This type of hook is best used when slowly moving live bait or where here are strong currents. J hooks are also best suited for fish with aggressive, surface eating habits. These fish can quickly take bait off the hooks. This means you need a J hook that will quickly and immediately attach itself to the fish.

These types of hooks are not recommended for catch and release fishing excursions. As the tip of the sharp hook is exposed, it is easily attached to any part of the fish, not just the inside of the mouth.

J hooks are more likely to get caught in a fish’s eyes, gills, internal organs and on the fish’s back. The severe damage that can result from the hook getting caught in those areas can critically injure or kill a fish.

The size of the fishing hook should be small enough that the fish doesn’t have a problem fully swallowing the hook, and big enough that the fish is unable to completely swallow it.

A fishing hook that is too big will only result in stolen bait without a catch and a hook too small leads to the risk of the fish swallowing it, making it harder for you to remove and can put the fish at greater risk of not surviving after release.

Circle Hook

circle fishing hook

These fishing hooks resemble J hooks, but their curve is more circular. Circular hooks are most common for large, saltwater fish such as sharks and groupers.

Unlike the J hook, the sharp tip of the hook is not as exposed, taking longer to implant itself into the fish’s mouth.

With circular hooks the hook will work its way around the fish’s mouth, entangling its jaw before implanting the sharp hook point.

These types of hooks work great when you’re aim is to simply catch and release. As the tip isn’t readily exposed, the hook can be extracted easily and it causes less damage and harm to the fish than J hooks do.

The strength of circular hooks also make them great for large, deep-sea fishing.

Whether you’re looking to do some catch and release on a fishing charter in the ocean or you’re looking to catch a fresh meal from the local river, Kieberg has the fishing hook you need.

Browse our website or contact us for more information about our high-quality circle and J hooks.

Don’t set your fishing trip up for failure by bringing the wrong hooks.