Hooks are one of the most basic elements needed to go fishing, but how often do we discuss them?   It’s probably one of the most diverse items within fishing from size, shape, length, aught, materials, and application.  It’s an endless conversation that we’ll avoid getting too deep into, but we want to address some of the basics specifically for our application here in the Southern California Bite.  Jordan Jennings one of our key contributors looks to give a rundown on hook size and what you can expect to use in our local fishery as well as bait application.

As we go through this explanation keep in mind a couple of things:

  • There is no standardization on hook size, in reality the interpretation from different hook brands varies, you can assume a close resemblance but as you’ll probably experience no two brands have the same exact sizing.
  • Whenever they decided to make the naming structure for hook sizes, they weren’t thinking of making it easy on you.  In fact, for a newcomer, it can be quite confusing.  For reference the smallest hooks are named in whole numbers (32 – 1), with 1 being the largest of these, which is still a very small hook. Once they reach a size 1, they begin increasing in size from 1/0 up to 27/0. 
    • For reference the hooks you’d most likely use in the Southern Ca Bight would be: 4, 2, 1, 1/0, 2/0, 3/0, 4/0, 5/0

As they say, this is just the tip of the iceberg regarding hooks.  We’ll jump into hook styles next week, so stay tuned.

Jordan Jennings grew up boating and fishing the lakes of his home state of Michigan. Cutting his teeth on the bass, salmon, perch, and pike of local inland lakes. His passion grew into saltwater fishing on the Gulf of Mexico when visiting family in Florida. He was lucky enough to come from a family ...