This fall gave us, anglers multiple chances to spend some time by the lake, spoiling us with a beautiful weather. The aura, however pleasant for us, frequently had a severe impact on behavior of the fish, misleading the anglers looking for a prey. Nonetheless most of anglers did their best to abuse the warm weather until the very last moment in order to make the “until the spring” time as short as possible. Personally, I decided to invest that gifted time to run a small research focused on a virtually easy task of choosing the right thickness and shape of the hook in perspective of its effectiveness, using the Method Feeder.
It is commonly thought that the thickness of the hook should be adjusted to the season and intensity of the fish feeding. In theory, during the spring and fall and while the fish feeding intensity is low, one should use a thin hook to make sure it is not so visible and that it will grant more strikes. I used that approach for quite a long time, yet few years ago I decided to change it and turned towards more unconventional thinking, using only the hooks made of a thicker wire. This season I went even further and took a deep dive into the analysis of effectiveness of those two, different types of hooks. The conclusions didn’t take long to come.
You simply cannot disagree with the theory that a thinner hook grants more strikes. My analysis, though, aimed to tell which hook provides more successful hauls and delivers more fish to the shore. In this particular area, a thicker hook is a solid winner. Speaking of precise numbers, the ratio of the fish caught and hauled to the shore in my case was 3:5 (3- number of fish effectively caught with a thinner hook, 5- number of fish effectively caught with a thicker hook, while angling in the same conditions). Such an outcome depended on a few aspects. First thing first – although thinner hook was quicker to penetrate the mouth of a fish, it caused more frequent escapes. Secondly a physical condition of the fish that I am about to release back to the lake is really important to me. Sadly use of a thin hook caused way more harm than the thicker one - which pierced the mouth of the prey, yet was stuck to it until the very end, not tearing it in pieces as much. Thicker hooks are also worth considering in fall, quite against the general rule of thumb, when the scars of the fish heavily pierced during the season are thicker and harder to go through. Finally thicker hooks are more resistant to strains, making them more fit for a heavier prey.
I usually angle with the 10 and 12 sized hooks, that are the most optimal when it comes to the Method Feeder carp fishing. Theoretically, size of a hook should be adjusted to a size of the bait yet I am not following that principle. Until now, the most effective in my opinion were Golden Point Chinu W/R series hooks that allowed me to prove myself at the fishery quite a few times and never yet failed me. Except for the right thickness, they do have a great shape. Usually while angling I tend to go for the hooks with a wide gape what grants steadier and deeper penetration, what directly leads to higher effectiveness of the fish hauling. Such a shape of the hook provides a solid strike and minimizes the possibility of escape. Golden Point hooks, due to their 24carat gold coated edge, stay sharp for longer and allow a solid and steady strike thanks to their sharpness.
Fishing hook – such a small piece of equipment, having such a great meaning and impact on a final effect of fishing. Probably there are as many opinions of proper hook adjustment as there are different shapes and sizes available. However my example shows that sometimes it is worth to step off the beaten track of the angling routine and wander into the plains of unconventional solutions, to find out that there are no single best options. We all know quite well that each creek, behavior of each fish and even skills of the angler tend to vary. That is precisely why each angling trip should be approached individually, basing on our own experience. Surely careful observation of others will also bring us a step closer towards success. In my case, the idea of using thicker hook came up while browsing the typical carp offer that includes no thin hooks at all. I realized that it means the thickness does not really matter. Appropriate balance, when it comes to using the described arguments, regarding the approach to angling led me to lots of successes and persuaded me into thinking that it is worth trying and diversifying angling possibilities. In terms of hook adjusting, this theory worked 100% and made me sure that unconventional thinking at the fishery can result in positive outcomes and great catches.
Mikado Fishing Team