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Hook Patterns - Martin Locke explains...

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Last Updated: 9th September 2015

Martin Locke says:

“I use straight pointed hooks, always have, and I’ve never had any problems with fish ‘falling off’. Thinking about it logically, an in-turned point must have more chance of a ‘bounce out’ purely by the laws of physics. Realistically, an in-turned point reduces the gape of the hook, in some instances by up to 20%, and in my book that’s not conducive to effective hooking.

“Having said that, whatever hook shape and style of point you choose to work, it will work to some degree as the vast majority of pick ups are converted into takes as the fish turns and tightens the hook link, therefore pulling the hook home. As with everything in carp fishing the name of the game is confidence, so use a hook pattern that you trust.

“With regard to hook-bait shape, anything other than a single, round bait, which is the easiest to eject, is my first choice. Odd shaped baits are now becoming increasingly popular and the carp find them far harder to deal with, even more so if you use two or three on a hair. Two or three odd-shaped baits is far harder for the fish to ‘deal with’ and looks less conspicuous over a baited area and less prone to ‘rejection’ from the naturally cautious feeding habits that fish have adopted, particularly on pressured lakes. In fact, this is exactly how and why I came up with the Kebab Rig, which I use for most of my fishing in the UK and abroad. The other major point with that setup is the fact that you can position the hair right next to the eye of the hook, which coupled with the straight pointed hook and awkward hook bait, makes for an almost perfect, anti-eject rig."