What Are the Dimensions of a Standard Fishing Hook?


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There are several sizes of fishing hooks, the most common ranging from 1/2 to 3 inches in total length. The gape, or space between the barb and the shank, is typically half the length of the shank.

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There is no international standard for measuring fishing hooks, so every manufacturer may have slightly different sizing. Fishing hooks are generally classified according to a numbered sizing guide. The appropriate size hook to use depends on the size and type of fish. A size 4 hook, which is about 1.8 inches in total length, is an appropriate hook for a number of freshwater fish, such as carp, channel catfish and smallmouth bass.

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