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Hooks, Cap'n

There are three types of hooks I recommend for general, all-purpose spin fishing:

6 or 8 snelled hooks. Snell is a leader, of monofilament or fluorocarbon, that separates the hook from the swivel; it comes with a loop that slips onto the swivel, thereby saving any knot-tying. These hooks (6 is larger than 8 - which is larger than 10, etc.) are excellent for panfish (sunfish, bluegill, crappie ("croppy"), perch).

1/0 - 3/0 extra wide gap shank hooks. Read as "one-ought - three/ought"; this is important as 1/0 is smaller than 2/0, which is smaller than 3/0, etc. These hooks are ideal for plastic lures - and the typical Texas rig. Primarily bass hooks.

For salt water,I would recommend Kahle hooks for cut bait ... or, of course, the greatest secret in hooks ...

1/0 - 3/0 circle hooks. Circle hooks are well-known on salt-water and are now becoming used on fresh water as well. Excellent hook for cut bait and hooking catfish. The key difference with circle hooks, is DON'T SET THE HOOK! By sheer magic, the fish hooks itself - right in the lip. Very easy to unhook, so on all points, very good for beginners and kids: no forgetting to set the hook in the excitement, and no having to stick hands or fingers down the gullet. Also, because the hook point bends in on itself,  it is much less likely to snag than other, straight or worm, hooks. These also can be found pre-snelled - but you have no idea what the tensile strength of the snell is ....

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Snelled #6 - 2/0 EWG - 2/0 Circle
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