Walk into any tackle store (or even a Walmart with their one-aisle fishing section) and it can be confusing to know which hooks to buy. Straight eye or offset eye? Three-style or circle? Wide gap or extra wide gap? The choices can be dizzying.

The one universal fact to know about hooks is that you pick hooks based on the bait, not on the fish you hope to catch. Whether you’re going to fish a live worm or a plastic worm, a live sardine or a strip of squid, there is a hook designed to fish that bait optimally.

The North American Fishing Club just started a series about picking the right kind of hooks. In their first installment, they review extra wide gap and worm hooks.

hooks_ownerNo matter how many soft plastic baits are on the market or in your tackle box, they are worthless without the right hook. Hooks have developed and evolved over the years and the high performance hooks anglers are using now could’ve been used in medical applications years ago. They come in a huge selection of styles, sizes and colors and each one of these hooks has a specific plastic bait and fishing application where it will shine in.

When discussing hooks for bass fishing applications there are three core groups that a hook can fall into, in this week’s blog, we’ll look at the two general purpose models of hooks.

Extra Wide Gap: This has become a staple in all bass anglers’ tackle boxes and it works very well when using a wide variety of soft plastic baits such as, stick baits, craws, creatures, Flukes and lizards. The key characteristic of the extra-wide gap is that when you rig a bulky plastic lure on the hook there will still be room on the hook for the plastic to shift when you set the hook on a bass. This ensures that you get the best possible hook set.

Photos: NAFC (top); Owner Hooks (above)