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Terminal Tackle: Single Hooks Vs. Treble Hooks


Single Hooks

Most anglers know it takes more than a lucky lure to land a trophy catch. Terminal tackle ,including single hooks, sinkers, snaps and swivel as well as floats are all an important part of your gear. And it’s not uncommon for anglers to specialize their fishing gear to catch more fish. Replacing lighter hooks with heavier ones, for example, can be the difference between tackling a stronger fish or letting it swim away.


Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of your tackle comes about best by spending time on the water, but here are a few tips to consider with looking at with single or treble hooks.

Single Hooks Vs. Treble Hooks

The most common fish hook used with many types of lures is the single hook. With good buoyancy, a single hook is light, sharp and strong, they’re designed to show less resistance during use, enhancing lure action. As another advantage, once a fish hits the lure and shakes its head, the hook drives deeper offering a better hook-up ratio as there is only one hook point to penetrate the fish’s hard mouth.

The discreet presence of a single hook can fool even the of fish. For anglers who troll, their main advantage is in their resistance to collecting weeds.

Planning to catch-and-release? Single hooks are a great choice as they can increase the survival rate among fish.

Treble hooks (three main points) have an excellent hook up. Ready to stick fish no matter angle the fish attacks or the lure’s position, they effectively hook on the fish. For anglers planning to keep their fish, a treble hook is a good choice.

Double hooks, mainly used with artificial flies, are not as common as either single or treble hooks.

Hook Measurements

As with other essential fishing gear, there are many options when it comes to choosing the right type and size of hook. Hook sizes range from small to large; they are defined by “sizes” and “aughts.” The 1/0 is the median (middle) of the hook scale. They are also made in various thickness, known as wire gauges. These run from very thin wire to thicker gauge wire. Hook size and gauge will be based on the size of your bait first, then the type (and size) of fish that you’re targeting and finally, the kind of terrain you’ll be fishing in and around.

Shop Single Hooks, Lures, Reels and More at Fishermen’s Source

Choosing the right fishing hook is an art. One thing to remember is to always use the sharpest hook to allow bait presentation to look as natural as possible and keep the bait alive longer.

At Fishermen’s Source, we’re here to help you make decisions on what equipment will best suit your fishing goals. Our staff has an intense passion for fishing and believe that the process of shopping for your fishing gear should be just as exciting and fun as the fishing trip, itself. Call us at 800-388-4149 to find out more about single hooks and other fishing gear and shop your fresh and saltwater fishing tackle today.

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