As far as I’m concerned, fall is the very best time year to fish. The weather is gorgeous and if there is a bit of a nip in the air all it does is discourage pleasure boaters and water skiers. Life is good. The water temperatures are cooling down as well, so that means that the fish are on the move and you can get on a really good bite. Often there is a crankbait or spinnerbait bite, and topwater is always worth a try, especially first thing in the morning. But sometimes a reaction bait just doesn’t do the trick. When that happens, a drop shot can save the day.
Fishing hooks are ancient – our ancient ancestors used sharpened bone or twigs to catch fish, but these were often simply gorges, and when the fish took the bait the fisherman would jerk the line to turn the sharpened bone sideways to lodge in the the throat of the fish. Today, technology and improvements in metals have given modern fishermen unprecedented access to amazing hooks with designs that make rigging, hooking, and keeping fish on the line much easier. Here are five hook designs that will help you fish soft plastic baits effectively.