What size hook is it?

The angler on the phone says, “Yeah, I need size fours for my Shad Assassins”. “So you really need ‘four-ought”, right?” I ask. “Uh, yeah.” Either this person is too tired to say, “Ought” or he’s clueless. There is one heck of a difference between what he said and what he needed.

To that end, let us review how hook sizes work.
Regarding sizes below one-ought, (1/0) the larger the number, the smaller the hook. The opposite is true above size 1/0. The quick photo below really simplifies things.

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Daiichi octopus hook sizing is pretty easy


Now on to circle hooks.
Hook manufacturers will never agree on circle hook sizing. So forget the sizing. That’s right. Throw the numbers out the window. Look at the gap between point and the shank. Will it fit the lip of the fish your are fishing for? Will it allow room for the bait you are using? Then you may be looking at the right size for you.
Tip: put the card from your hook package in your tackle box. Now drop the the hooks on top of the card. When you get low, pull the card and take it with you to your favorite tackle retailer. That’s much better than guessing!
Blessings, -tj

About TJ Stallings

45-year tackle industry veteran Marketing and Crazy Ideas at TTI-Blakemore Fishing Group (Home of Road Runner Lures and six hook brands including Tru-Turn, Daiichi, XPoint, Team Catfish, Mr. Crappie and StandOUT Hooks.) Home of Gun Protect. The opinions expressed in this blog are those of TJ Stallings and not necessarily those of TTI-Blakemore.
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2 Responses to What size hook is it?

  1. Good opportunity to thank you again for all the hooks and tackle you sent us last winter. It’s getting just about time to go test them out. Believe it or not, some of our favorite lakes up in northern Minnesota are still breaking up. Man its been a long winter. Was going to canoe camp the BWCA a couple of weeks ago, and had to make other plans as the ice was still 3 feet thick they said. Mosquitoes were low tho. Aw well.

    None-the-less, looking forwards to throwin’ your road runners this summer. Thanks TJ!

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