There are also hooks "turned up", with the shank bent "away" from the point backward" from the point. Is there any advantage of one style over the other?The theory, and I emphasize theory, behind these three eye angles is this.
Rigging soft plastics like lizards, worms, stickbaits and flukes straight is very important if you want to avoid line twist and achieve maximum action from artificial baits. If you're an old guy like me it's also the source of much aggravation as the old "peepers" aren't what they once were.The "ringed" shape is the most common and is formed by bending the shaft in a uniform loop that rests against the shank forming a circle.There are regular, short and long shank styles in both straight and "offset" configurations.Some anglers feel simple straight shank hooks, like the one on the above, increase hook sets over curved and offset shank styles. It's believed that on the hook-set a straight shank hook will "meander" in the bass' mouth seeking a surface into which it can set.They come in thin wire, thick wire, weedless and wacky styles just to name a few. The longer it is the longer it will take for penetration. Furthermore, if the hook has a large barb, penetration can be impeded resulting in a poor hook set.
Some companies are reducing barb size to what is referred to as a mini-barb because of this. Some of the most common are: Most fish hook points incorporate a barb.Though this is most often found on hooks designed for dry flies though I've found it on hooks for bass like the Gamakatsu "shiner hook".There are straight, turned up and turned down designs.Enter any tackle shop and you will find an overwhelming selection of fish hooks from which to choose. You'll find fishing hooks with straight shanks, offset shanks and twisted shanks. We all know what that is, to "hook a bass" by effectively penetrating their very tough mouths. Perhaps a little, but much thought and testing has gone into the design of each shape and style.So pay close attention when buying hooks from different manufacturers. This is the distance from a line drawn between the point and shaft (apex of the bend) to the bottom of the fish hook's curve.