FEATURES OF RECURVE HOOKS
- The design of recurve hooks tends to be friendlier on fish, as they usually hook in the corner of the mouth. This makes it easier to remove the hook, causing less damage to the fish, making for a safer and healthier release.
- This is especially important for undersized fish. If a fish is gut hooked, they are highly likely to die when you try to remove the hook.
- Recurve hooks work well in shallow water but are ideal for fishing in deeper water (over 20m) when bites are harder to detect and striking the fish is less effective.
- They’re ideal for kids in any depth of water, because the kids don’t need to strike to hook their fish
- Recurve hooks are also effective for all forms of bottom fishing when the fish are biting, or actively feeding, as they will try to snatch the bait and swim off with it, usually resulting in the fish self hooking
KEY THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN FISHING WITH RECURVE HOOKS
- Ensure the point and barb of the hook are visible once you’ve added your bait
- When you feel a bite, don’t strike (yank the rod) as this will usually pull the hook back out of the fish’s mouth
- Let the fish take the hook and bait. As the fish tries to swim away, the hook will usually roll into the corner of their mouth, essentially self-hooking them
- Let the rod take the weight of the fish, then start winding in your fish