Worm Hooks

worm hook


Design: Worm hooks are characterized by their offset shank and wide gap between the  point and the shank. They often have a barb on the shank to secure the bait.

Purpose:  Primarily used for Texas rigging soft plastic baits, such as worms, creature baits, and senkos. The wide gap helps accommodate bulky baits, ensuring a solid hookset.

Strengths: Provide good hooking efficiency and offer versatility for various soft plastic presentations. They can penetrate thick plastic baits effectively and maintain a secure hold.

Jig Hooks

jig hooks

Design: They feature a round bend, a relatively wide gap, and a straight shank. They often have a barb near the point.

Purpose:  Used for fishing with jigs, which imitate crawfish or other bottom-dwelling prey. They are versatile and can be paired with a variety of soft plastic trailers, skirts, or hair.

Strengths: Offer good penetration power due to their shape and have strong holding capabilities. They are effective in hooking and landing bass, particularly when fishing in heavy cover or on the bottom.

Treble Hooks
treble hook

Design: Consist of three hooks with a single eye. They come in various sizes, with different shank lengths and point angles.

Purpose: Treble hooks are commonly used on hard baits like crankbaits, topwater lures, and jerkbaits. They provide multiple points of contact to increase the chances of hooking a bass during strikes.

Strengths: Excel at hooking bass that strike aggressively, especially when using lures with multiple trebles. They provide a higher hooking-to-landing ratio due to the increased number of hooks.


EWG (Extra Wide Gap) Hooks

extra wide gap hook

Design: EWG hooks have a wide gap, an offset shank, and a rounded bend similar to worm hooks. They typically have a barb on the shank.

Purpose: Versatile and used for a variety of soft plastic presentations, such as flipping, pitching, and Carolina rigging. They can accommodate bulkier baits and increase hooking potential.

Strengths: Offer excellent hook-setting capabilities due to their wide gap, allowing for better penetration and hooking in bass’ mouths.

Drop Shot Hooks

drop shot hook

Design: Drop shot hooks have a fine wire, a short shank, and a wide gap with an upturned eye. The hook point often faces upward.

Purpose: Specifically designed for drop shot fishing, a finesse technique where the hook is tied above a weight and a soft plastic bait is suspended off the bottom.

Strengths: Provide excellent hooking efficiency and allow for a natural presentation of the bait. The fine wire and small size reduce the chances of bass detecting the hook and increase the likelihood of hookups during subtle bites.

It’s important to note that size, weight, and style can vary within each category to suit specific fishing scenarios and angler preferences. Understanding the strengths and purposes of different hook designs allows anglers to choose the right hooks for specific techniques, increase hooking efficiency, and improve landing rates when targeting bass.