The Right Hooks for Saltwater Fishing

Can I use regular hooks when saltwater fishing?

There are many different things that factor to into the decision about which hook is the best to use.  One of the most important things to consider is what size of fish the person is seeking to catch.  At the end of the day, that decision, more than any other regarding hook, will most affect the success of the outing.  For example, the smaller the fish is, the smaller the hook should be.  In addition, many anglers fail to realize that line size, fish species, type of bait, and fishing structure should all factor into the decision about which hook is the right one.  One of the most important things that saltwater fishermen can do is to select a hook that is specifically suited to that type of water.  Though it may seem insignificant, having a hook that is especially designed for saltwater fishing can make a difference not only in landing the fish, but mostly matters in relation to the durability and life of the hook (or other tackle).  Because salt is corrosive, a special coating is needed that is designed to fight against it.  Otherwise, hooks will quickly become brittle and rust, rendering the hook useless.  In addition, most freshwater hooks are not designed to withstand the constant exposure to saltwater.  As a result, anglers should seek out hooks that are especially designed to withstand the saltwater.  One type of hook designed specifically for saltwater is O’Shaughnessy, which is named for the specific design of the hook.  Another type of hook that is designed to withstand saltwater is the Aberdeen hook. 

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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