Just One Hook…Was All It Took…….

what is the best size hook to catch medium size cats

I am guessing you are getting bites, but failing to hook the fish. Don’t feel bad. It’s happened to all of us at one time or another. And the fix is relatively easy.

Many things can cause you to not hook a fish. It could be the way you are hooking the bait. The fish picks it up, but does not get hooked. You can feel the fish, but end up pulling the bait out of it’s mouth. Make sure you do not have too much bait for the size hook you are using. You need enough hook gap to stick the fish solidly in the jaw. Another common reason for failed hook-ups are dull hooks. You should always sharpen your hooks before using them. One way to test them for sharpness is to drag the point across your fingernail. if it slides, the hook is dull. If it hangs up, and sticks, it’s just right. And lastly, the style of hook can make a difference. For catfish, the best style is either a Kahle style, or Tru-Turn hooks. No matter how the catfish bites, the hook point will rotate into their jaw. For 6-pound fish, I’d go with a size 2 hook (I prefer to go small).

Happy fishing


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow catfish fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on catfish fishing since 2004.

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