Eagle Claw Fishing Hooks
Eagle Claw is a major fishing hook company founded in the late 1920s, offering several product lines used in freshwater and saltwater fishing. Fish hooks are as different as the fish are, and having types of different sizes and shapes will allow you to catch a wide range of fish.What size should you use for freshwater fish species?
Eagle Claw and other manufacturers make models that range from the tiny size 32 through the massive 20/0. It can be a confusing experience to determine the right size to purchase. Too small a fishing hook may just slip out of the fish's mouth, and a hook size too large may not fit.
- Sizes 32 to 18: These sizes will catch very small fish such as minnows and fingerlings of many other species.
- Sizes 16 to 10: Anglers commonly catch small stream trout and ‘bait-stealing’ fish, large minnows, and small shad using this size range.
- Sizes 8 to 4: Medium to large panfish, crappie, small bass and catfish, walleye, small trout, and similar fish match up well to these sizes.
- Sizes 2 to 2/0: This range is sufficient for medium to large bass, walleye, catfish, carp, and pike. They are also useful for medium trout and small salmon.
- Sizes 3/0 to 10/0: Large freshwater trout, salmon, pike, musky, striped bass, catfish, gar, sturgeon, and similar types are caught using these sizes. Models larger than 10/0 are used for very large saltwater fish.
Aside from selecting the proper size, you need to be aware of the basic types so you can select the best one for your needs.
- Bait: This is the most common type of fishing hook. Aside from a barb at the end of the hook, it typically includes two small barbs on the shaft to hold bait in place. A fishing line leader is sometimes pre-tied to these models to facilitate quick changes.
- Circle: These fish hooks are more circular in shape and are designed to set into the corner of a fish’s mouth. Anglers commonly use fish as bait on these hooks.
- Treble: These hooks include three points and bends and are commonly found on fishing lures. They are also used with cut bait for catfish and in trolling for game fish.
- Worm: The sharp 90-degree angle just before the eye of this model is designed to hold a plastic worm. This is also called Texas-rigging.
- Aberdeen: These include a longer shank and lighter weight designed to hold smaller baitfish.
If the hook is hooked properly in its mouth and it does not contain dangerous teeth, then it can likely be removed by hand. Gently push it back and away from the hooked area, and it should release. However, if the fish swallows it or it is inside a mouth lined with sharp teeth, then it is recommended to use a remover tool. If it cannot be removed, then cut the fishing line and release the fish to prevent extensive tissue damage.