Salt Water Fishing Hooks and Lures
Some Typical Salt Water Fish Hooks
Numbers refer to the picture below.
- Number 1. Shown here are different lengths and thickness of J-hooks. I usually buy steel hooks, instead of stainless steel hooks, so the hooks will eventually rust out of the fish's mouth, in the case of the line snapping. You can put on at least three sand fleas on one hook, or thread a piece of fish on this hook to surf fish for blues, spanish mackerel, tarpon, or even sharks.
- Number 2. I use these small hooks for catching bait fish off docks or near pylons under a causeway over the Indian River of Brevard County, Florida. Don't be surprised if you hook a blowfish or sheepshead with this tiny hook. I have had it happen.
- Number 3. These are the size ten salt water fish hooks that I use the most. They are a thicker J-Hook and won't snap if you hook a 28 inch snook.
- Number 4. These hooks have barbs on their backs and this allows the cut bait or sand fleas to remain fastened to the hook longer. Using these hooks you won't see your bait go flying off into the sunset as you cast out. Barbed hooks are also good for worm baits.
Sat Water Fishing Hooks
Salt Water Fishing Lures And Spoons
I usually use live bait when I salt water fish, but my friends say they are more successful using lures. The picture below shows a mullet replica fish lure with rattles inside. When this lure is reeled back into your pole it rattles (makes noise) to attract more fish hits.
Spoons are very effective lures that spin around under the water as they are retrieved. This spoon has holes drilled into it to cause a whistle when reeled in to attract the fish to hit.
The second picture shows three of my favorite spoons. A gold-and-silver spoon will reflect the sun when fishing the flats of the Indian River lagoon. The red-and-white spoon is the most successful for hooking sea trout.
Jig Fishing Hooks and Artificial Baits
Jig Hooks come with a weight built onto the front of the hook. The eye of the hook is situated on top of this weight.
You can thread an artificial rubber bait onto the front of the hook and then slide it up to hook into a small hook before the weight. This small hook ensures your bait stays on. You can review the video below to see a demonstration of this procedure.
These artificial baits resemble frogs legs, shrimp, and even worms. The floppy tails give the jig baits more action in the water.
Use the right hook for the right fish and have a successful fishing day!
How to Bait a Salt Water Fishing Hook
Bait Fishing and Crabbing
If you fish the way I do, you are going to need bait fish. Salt water fishing off of docks is a great way to cast net for your bait fish, and the net will pay for itself with what you save on bait.
Also ask permission to fish off boat docks behind waterfront resorts and restaurants, where there is some of the best fishing in Brevard County, Florida. There is an abundance of saltwater catfish, snook, red drum, and trout under these docks.
Remember you need a salt water fishing license to keep blue crabs, and release the ones whose backs are less than four inches across.