Hook Sizes

Simon R

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This situation (discrepancy in hook sizes) arose soon after commercial fisheries became widespread.
As the carp grew anglers began using bigger and bigger hooks to catch them and pretty soon many venues imposed hook size limits - generally size 10 or 12.

To get around the size limits one enterprising hook manufacturer - I don't remember who - started marketing the 'wide gape' hook and hooks seemed to almost double in size overnight.
The fishery owners weren't happy but the angler could show the packet the hooks came out of and it complied with the fisheries maximum size so what could they do.
I know subsequently some fishery rules actually state that the biggest hook must be no larger than say a B611 size 12 - which does help prevent some of the more outlandish claims that some companies make for their hook patterns.

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Avoid fishing by numbers - it throws up all sorts of problems. Trust only your eyes, experience and common sense.

The only time stated hook sizes should be relied on is to recognise the graduation of size within a range and to provide the necessary information when replenishing stocks.
 

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The other thing that i have found baffling on my recent return to the fold is the strength of the nylon on hooklengths. Tried to buy some size 20s and the they all came with a 2lb BS hooklength? As for anything larger like a size 16, why on earth do they have 4lb + BS hooklengths these days. I end up fishing with stronger hook lengths than my man line more often than not which kind of defeats the object. i presume that line technology has moved on a bit and lines are thinner these days but cannot help feeling that everything is geared up towards the carp puddle fishing that seems to dominate the sport these days.
 

Ken the Pacman

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It is the case that commercial fisheries dominate the freshwater scene so the offerings from the manufacturers reflect this but there are some guru 6" hooklengths down to 22s tied to 0.08 Sensas do similar down to 24s to 0.06 and Drennan do barbed and barbless in longer lengths tied to 010 line anything in lighter ranges you need to tie yourself or get one of the many hook tiers to tie them to order as most of them offer this service.
All tackle has become heavier and hooks bigger mostly due to the fact that less finesse is required on your typical commercial against say a canal.
 

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I like Kamasan. However even within the same brand name hooks come up in different sizes for the same numerical label. You just gotta look!
I found the same when I switched many moons ago from the Kamasan B981 Specimen Barbless to the Animal Eyed Barbless.
The size 20 Animal is closer to a size 18 B981. It didn't take long to get used to, but it threw me a little at first.
 

Robwooly

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Sizing of hooks is similar to dress sizes for our lady folk, it's just a guide and can be a bit out at times. Don't buy hooks online as you'll find those 18s your'e trying out are bloody huge and more like 14s and don't tell the missus about the discrepancies when she tells you she got in a size 14 outfit ;)
 

Zerkalo

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I liked the Guru Kaizen hooks I bought a pack of 14s of recently but they do seem to come up big, 14 was more like a 12, also Drennan Barbel hooks are bigger then Super Specialists.
 
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