Picking the right hook size for your bait

Choosing the right size hook for your hook is fairly straightforward - in general, small hooks should have small baits and big hooks should have big baits. However, life isn't quite that simple so here's a chart for you to use as reference so you can get it right!

 

Hook Size 

Bait type Species Alan Yates' Comments
10/8

Fish strip
Sandeel (pieces)
Bread flake
Maddies
Maggots 

Mini species
Garfish
Mackerel
Mullet

Lines under 10lb

6

Bread flake
Maddies/sandeel
Fish strip

Garfish
Mackerel
Mullet
Flounder

Snood 15lb

4

White rag
Small rag
Lugworm
Maddies

Dab
Sole
Flounder
Scad
Whiting
Pouting

Snood under 20lb
Catch-and-release match fishing

2

Lugworm
Ragworm
Sandeel
Squid strip
Fish strip

Pouting
Whiting
Flounder
Codling
Dab

Snood under 20lb
Shore match fishing

1

Shellfish
Peeler crab
Small bundles
of white rag

Pier pollack
Scad
School bass
Bream
Wrasse
Eel

Shore match fishing
Ideal for small cocktails

1/0+

Lug-tipped squid
Peeler crab
Multi-worm
Shellfish
Snake whites
King rag

Flounder
Pollack
Coalfish
Dogfish
Wrasse
Codling
Bass

Snood 25lb+
Boat match fishing

3/0+

Whole squid
Whole peeler
Multi rag/lug
Large fish fillet

Cod
Pollack
Huss
Ray
Bass
Conger

Snood 30lb
Ideal for cocktails (large)

6/0

Double squid
Cuttlefish
Edible peeler
Mackerel
head or flapper

Tope
Bass
Cod
Conger

Snoods/wire 50lb
Heavy mono 80lb

 

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