Don't Overlook Your Hooks!

Hook selection can often be challenging for the beginning bass angler, especially when looking at the giant wall of different hooks and jig heads in your local tackle store. Anglers will often take their time to select the right plastic worm or creature bait, but then when it comes time to grab some hooks, they will grab whatever they think might work without putting much thought into it. Here are a few basic tips to help you select the right hooks for fishing at Lake of the Ozarks.

Variables of Fishing in June
There are many variables to consider when choosing the right hook to use. To choose the size of the hook, the most important things to keep in mind are the size and shape of the bait, the type of cover you are fishing, and the time of year, which will dictate the aggressiveness of the fish.

June is normally considered a transition month for bass. The transition we're referring to is the movement of bass from their spawning flats to their deep-water summer hangouts. Knowing that these often big groups of bass are heading toward deeper water and what areas and bait to key on can be the difference between locating and catching a limit every day and just wasting expensive gasoline as you motor around the lake looking.

Bait and Hook Suggestions
For a Brush Hog and a 10-inch worm, we recommend using a 5/0 Gamakatsu SuperLine Offset EWG Hook. The EWG, or extra wide gap, is important for getting a good hook-set when the bait is Texas-rigged weedless, and the heavy wire SuperLine hook is a must for horsing those big girls out of the thick brushpiles with heavy fluorocarbon line.

For the 12-inch worm, we recommend using a 7/0 Owner Oversized Worm Hook. This hook was designed specifically for a 12-inch worm. It has a long shank that takes up more of the worm, which makes it harder for finicky bass to bite the tail end off of the monster worm.

The best head to use when fishing docks with flipping baits is a 3/8 oz jig head. Try finding a jig head that comes with a 4/0 or 5/0 Mustad Flipping Hook. Try the 4/0 hook for regular-sized Sweet Beavers, and the 5/0 for Double Wide Beavers and Brush Hogs. These jig heads are only sold at Fitz Fishing so be sure to stop in and ask about them.

So the next time you are rounding up your gear to go fishing, stop and make sure the hooks you are using match the bait you are throwing perfectly, and don’t forget that after catching a few fish a hook can lose its sharp point! Hit it with a couple quick swipes of a hook sharpener and you’ll be good to go. Take the time to care of your hooks and you will put more fish in the boat.

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