Once you’ve got the color and size lure you’d like to throw picked out, the next decision you have to make is the jig head you’d like to put it on
In fishing, there are a lot of crucial decisions you must make correctly to be successful and although it would be difficult to declare it the most important one, the hook you decide to use is near the top, so take it seriously!
You want solid, quality-built hooks that you can rely on day in and day out.
Side note: The above can be said about basically every piece of gear you use, my next series of articles are going to touch on all the pieces of the “gear puzzle,” it’s a series I’ve wanted to put together for a while now and am excited about, so stay tuned!
So, first off, there are a lot of awesome brands out there ..and some not so awesome ones, it’s not against the rules to use more than one brand, so don’t get caught up in that line of thinking.
Just try a bunch, keep using the one that works best for you, develop your confidence in it, and try interesting stuff from other brands or the one you’re already using to find other stuff that may do the job better or achieve a different result etc.
My personal favorite is Owner Hooks, I’ve been using them since 2019ish in the hyper saline Lower Laguna Madre catching trout, redfish, flounder, snook, snapper, ling and more.
I’m notoriously hard on gear and they’ve held up phenomenally well, especially compared to many others I’ve tried in the past,
Where many other hooks have corrosion resistant coatings, that are great till they get scratched, then rust through immediately, Owners won’t corrode, like ever, I’ve only ever had 2 straighten on me, both from the same pack, which I’m chalking up to a bad batch anomaly and I’ve never had one break on me.
In fact, I consistently use Owner hooks for multiple trips at a time, very rarely ever having to re tie due to a worn-out hook, more often than not my leader gets worn through before the hook wears out,
My favorite line of Jigheads from Owner is their Inshore Slam Series, they’re 3Xstrong, short shank, wide gap screw lock hooks with Jigheads from 1/16oz 1/0 all the way up to a 1/2oz 5/0(they pair up awesome with our lures btw) ,
They’ve also got the Saltwater Bullet series for your larger baits & weedless offerings such as the Beast Hooks,
Which brings me to part 2 of this post, “Which one do I freakin’ use?!”
The best, blanket answer I can give to that question is, it depends… Lol
Don’t worry, I’ll elaborate a bit more,
It depends on a combination of several factors, but the main three are the size of the lure you’re using, depth you’re trying to fish & the action/presentation you’re trying to achieve,
I like to keep it simple.
And in order to keep it simple, you need to be versatile & in my humble opinion, nothing is more versatile than a soft plastic lure on a jig head, you can literally use that to fish anytime, anywhere, for anything.
but that’s a whole ‘nother post, right now we’re talking about Jigheads.
Here’s how I look at it, and this is by no means the end all be all, just how I do it.
I’m going to give a few examples of what I use in certain situations, keep in mind I like to use the smallest hook possible,
So for our 4” sized bait, wade fishing shallow, under 3’, I prefer the Owner Inshore Slam Series 1/16oz 1/0 hook, shown below. (this hook also fits our 3” size well)