Salt Water Fishing Hooks and Lures

Updated on October 8, 2019
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Susan writes about salt water fishing in Florida and enjoying the Florida coast.

You would bait this huge salt water fishing hook with a fish head, to catch sharks.  It can also be used as a chum hook to draw other fish to your boat.
You would bait this huge salt water fishing hook with a fish head, to catch sharks. It can also be used as a chum hook to draw other fish to your boat. | Source

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 hooks: J-hooks, hooks with barbs on their backs, and smaller bait hooks.
Salt water fishing hooks: J-hooks, hooks with barbs on their backs, and smaller bait hooks. | Source

Salt Water Fishing Lures And Spoons

Lures

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

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.

Salt water fishing lures
Salt water fishing lures | Source
Salt water fishing spoons
Salt water fishing spoons | Source

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!

Different fishing Jigs (artificial baits)
Different fishing Jigs (artificial baits) | Source

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.

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      • suzzycue profile imageAUTHOR

        Susan Britton 

        6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Thank you for stopping in to comment B.Malin. It is easy and fun. I love the challenge of fishing. I appreciate you sending it over to lover man's Mac.

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        b. Malin 

        6 years ago

        A most Interesting and so Informative a Hub Suzzycue...I am sending it over to Lover Man's Mac to read...He Enjoys Fishing...You make it sounds like FUN!

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        Susan Britton 

        6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Thank you for commenting Kathryn. It is relaxing and exciting at the same time. I love to fish.

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        Kathryn 

        6 years ago from Windsor, Connecticut

        I haven't been fishing at all since I was a kid. It seems like it would be pretty relaxing. I like being out in nature.

      • suzzycue profile imageAUTHOR

        Susan Britton 

        6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Thank you Billybuc. I tried fly fishing and I can see the beauty in it. I myself are a lazy fisherwoman and prefer to drop the line in and watch nature suround me. I appreciate you dropping by.

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        Bill Holland 

        6 years ago from Olympia, WA

        I used to do a lot of saltwater fishing as a kid; mostly for salmon. Now it is strictly fly fishing for trout. Good luck the next time out.

      • suzzycue profile imageAUTHOR

        Susan Britton 

        6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Thank you Faith Reaper a lot. Fishing is a passion of mine for sure. I have more fun baiting hooks than selling them but keep the suggestions coming. They make my day.

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        Faith Reaper 

        6 years ago from southern USA

        Hi Suzzy,

        You sure know a lot of details about fish hooks!!! You should open a shop of some sort, which you may already have done so? You have much knowledge in these areas no doubt!

        Voted up +++

        Blessings, Faith Reaper

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