What Size Hook For Bass Is The Right One For You?

Have you ever wondered what size of hook you should use for fishing? If yes, this is just the right place for you. Fishing hooks are variable regarding shapes, designs, and materials.

However, choosing what size of hook for bass fishing to use is even more confusing. It is not as simple as coming to a store, and pick one size randomly; it is about finding the most suitable one for your fishing purpose and your bait.

In this post, you will understand more about hook size, hook type, and know how to choose what best suit your purpose.


The Measurement Scale of Hook:

measurement scale of hook
  • There is no standard size for the hooks, as they are produced differently between manufacturers.
  • Obviously, the sizes of the fish hooks in every manufacture are consistent.
  • The sizes are ranked in numbers and size 1/0 is in the middle of the scale.
  • The special thing about hook size is that it may confuse you at first. The smaller the hook is, the larger the number.

For example, the hook with size one is bigger than the hook with size 2, 3 or larger numbers. On the other hand, larger hook with 1/0 is smaller than the 2/0, 3/0 or more.

  • A 1/0 is pronounced one “aught”.
  • The smallest available size on the market is 32, and the largest one is 20/0.​
hook scale

The Hook Scale


           32… - 7 - 6 - 5 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1 - 1/0 - 2/0 - 3/0 - 4/0 - 5/0 - 6/0 - 7/0 - …20/0

How to Choose The Right Size of Bass Fishing Hook

How to Choose The Right Size of Hook

Large Hook and Small Hook, Which is More Effective?

By describing some advantages and disadvantages of them as below, we hope you find them useful and know the right size for your fishing purpose.

Small Hooks


  • A small hook is sharper than a big hook, which leads to better penetration between the hook and the bass.
  • Using a small hook will simplify your process of adapting small baits. Moreover, smaller bait with smaller hook is the perfect “couple” for casting fish at long distance.
  • It is lighter. That’s why it’s harder to be detected by the basses. In addition, it is easier to go into a fish’s mouth with less chance of being rejected.


  • This kind of hook is not suitable for snag fishing.
  • The gape of a small hook is smaller (This is the area between the hook point and the shank). So, it will hook smaller area of flesh from a bass.
  • A thinner wire will be hard to be aware of by the basses, but it means the strength of the wire will lessen. You cannot be sure 100 percent that every bass swallowing your hook will be caught. This can be the most significant disadvantage of a small hook.

Large Hooks


  • Larger hooks have thicker wires which means having more strength. Sure you will need big hooks to catch big fishes. Once a fish swallows your large hook, you can confidently take it out of the water and put it in your basket.
  • Larger baits will be used easily to target big basses. Bigger baits will definitely attract bigger basses.


  • A bigger hook goes along with a thicker wire, which lessens the necessary sharpness for catching basses. However, this may not be a problem to care about thanks to the modern technique of sharpening any kind of hook.
  • Large hook is heavy and big enough to increase the chances of being detected.
  • It is not compatible with small baits or lures.
  • Casting distance will be decreased.

Each kind of hook has its own advantages and disadvantages; it's you who choose which one to pick. Smaller hooks may catch a lot of small basses while big hooks bring you several big basses you want. Fish hooks are easy to buy at any fishing tackle store or online.

In case you want to create it yourself, check out this video.

The Most Popular Types of Bass Fishing Hook:

When it comes to hook types, it is countless. Besides the three broad types including bait, lure and fly hooks, there are tons of other types produced for different purposes.

They vary in eye type, bend, gap, points, and barbs, etc. You may want to check this video out for more explanations about fish hook types and sizes.

 We will show you some of the most common types of bass fishing hook below:

Baitholder Hooks

The name of the hook shows the main function itself: hold the bait. Live baits are slippery and wiggling, keeping them stay in the hook is kind of a challenge for an angler. A baitholder hook is designed to solve the problem.

  • This hook has a long shaft with the barbs right on the shaft to keep lures and baits hooked securely.
  • The size of Baitholder hooks usually varies from 14 to 6/0.

J Hooks

This hook looks just similar to the "J" letter, and that is why they have the name. Most basses caught by anglers using J hooks are snagged or have gut hooked in their throat or gills. Then, if you are fishing for food with big basses, J hook is just the right tackle to take.

  • Choose the right size of J hook depending on the mouth size of your targeted bass.
  • Available size of J hooks usually from 2 to 4/0.

Circle Hooks

It is less harmful than J hook as the point curves towards its shank. It lessens the changes of snagging the basses, but, still possibly catch them. How is that even possible?

  • First, the point of the hook is not exposed.
  • Second, the hook works based on the fact that basses usually move after they have a bait in their mouth.
  • As they turn, the circle hook drags across their mouth, then, stay in the corner of their jaw. When the basses keep moving, the hook will rotate until its gap fit around the jaw of the bass.

This way, the hook point sinks in and we have the bass hooked.Circle hooks are often used for saltwater fishing; they also work for a lot of freshwater basses.

  • They usually vary from 8 to 1 (for light wire) and from 1/0 to 8/0 (for heavy wire).

Treble Hooks

A treble hook has up to three shanks with three points. When a bass picks up a bait or lure, it will be snagged by the hook. Treble hooks have the same size as the others. However, to catch the same size of fish as you use a J hook or a Circle, you should take a Treble hook with the smaller size.

Many anglers prefer to use treble hooks than J hook, as there is less chance to hurt their finger as well as the basses when they use this hook.


We hope that this article somehow helps you to have a clearer view of hook sizes as well as their functions. And, after reading this post, you can pick up the right size for your upcoming bass fishing trip.

We also want to mention that, hook size is not everything when it comes to choosing the right tackle for efficient fishing. There are other things to consider, like shank shape and length, the weight of the wire, the bend of the hook, shape of the point or eye configuration, etc.

If you have any experience or knowledge to share, feel free to comment below.


Ted Thomas

Hi there, I'm Ted Thomas, an ardent adventure writer. I write for readers with a genuine interest in enjoying the great outdoors. By sharing my experiences camping, hunting and fishing, I hope to inspire others to fully explore the depths of their passion.

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