6 Best Hooks For Bass

Best Hooks For Bass

6 Best Hooks For Bass

Best Hooks For Bass

The Bass Hook – The Absolute Most Basic of Tackle Needs

Gamakatsu 25 Pack EWG Offset Worm HookGamakatsuBUY
Mustad Ned Rig Jig HeadMustadBUY

Mention the largemouth bass to almost any angler, and visions of wrestling beasts from places angels fear to tread come to mind.  The largemouth is North America’s number one species to chase, and it is a multi-million dollar industry with everything from the simple hook to boats.  The Bass Angler’s Sportsman’s Society, B.A.S.S., even has its own tournament trail and professional bass anglers.

There is so many lures and techniques to consider when bass fishing, the last thing people consider is often the most important thing you need – the hook.

The reason we don’t think about the hook is because it is just that – the hook.  It is this line of thinking that is why so many bass anglers only dream about the absolute ‘hawgs’ that swim in lakes, ponds and rivers across North America.  Those who are after the biggest and baddest fish need to start thinking about the best hooks for bass available.

With everything we need to think about when it comes to bass fishing, the last thing we often worry about is our hooks.  The same bass hook Grandpa used to catch his bass should be just as good for us today, correct?

Nothing can be further from the truth.

The first thing to realize, and many already recognize this, there are different hooks for bass for the many different presentations and lures.  This is common knowledge for the bass angler.

That is why Angler’s Gear is going to review the best hooks for bass.  The most skilled and seasoned angler knows about the bass hook and its importance.  BASS professional angler Kevin VanDam considers the hook to be the most important lures in his tacklebox, and this is why hook manufacturers are constantly honing their products, looking to better metals and getting hooks sharper and sharper.

Before Angler’s Gear discusses the best bass hooks available, it is a better idea to review the different types of bass hooks.  Here are the fundamental types available.

Straight shank

These hooks do not bend at the eyelet.  The straight shank hook itself is ideal for fishing heavy cover where bass are likely to hide.  The largemouth bass is an ambush predator, so it needs cover and concealment for their prey.

Offset Round Bend

If there was a single, all around hook for the bass, this would be the hook.  The offset shape maneuvers the lure in ways to entice a strike.  The hook is also equally effective in the open water or in dense cover.

We saw a lot of these above because I think they’re the best hooks for bass. The offset helps position the lure properly, and they work well in cover as well as open water.

Offset Wide Gap Hook

The enlarged gap provides more space between the barb and the shank.  For the Angler’s Gear angler, this is an ideal hook as the design makes the hook very difficult to swallow.  Bend down the barb, and the barbless look makes for quick and easy catch and release fishing.

Treble Hook

The treble hook is three hooks coming together at a single eyelet.  These are most common on topwater, swimbait and crankbait artificial lures.  Treble hooks are designed to catch and hold onto fish.  It is exceptionally rare that a treble hook is swallowed or caught anywhere but the mouth of the bass or any other fish.

If you aim to fish with treble hook, you might find intrest in our Treble Hook Size Chart comprehensive guide to choosing the one that fit your needs. You can also read our best treble hooks review.

Drop Shot Hook

This is a very specialized hook for a specialized technique.  A small baitfish is suspended in the water for a natural look.  The other name for the particular hook is octopus hook.

Ned Rig

Bass fishing has not had a really great breakthrough since the advent of scented baits.  The Ned Rig changed that.  The Ned Rig hook is tough and perfect where bass are under heavy pressure.  It is a low profile rig, has subtle action and is similar to the majority of what a bass feeds on.  The hook itself resembles a simple jig head hook.  (A jig head hook is a straight shank hook with a weight at the eyelet.)

Texas Rig Hook

It is a hard decision between the jig and pig or the plastic worm that is the all time leader for catching bass.  The Texas rig is one of the original ways to hook a worm and remains a top way to produce bass day after day.  The hook is a straight shank hook with a slight bend before the eyelet.  The allows the hook to run straight down the body of the worm while embedding the barb and tip back into the body of the worm.

Weighted Swim Bait Hook

The swim bait hit the bass fishing world by storm and has yet to slow down.  The bait is equally effective for inshore saltwater.  The hook is similar to a Texas worm hook with the difference being there is a screw coming off of the eyelet and weight on the bend of the hook.  The screw holds the worm tightly, and the weight allows the lure to swim straight.

Angler’s Gear wanted you to be aware of the best bass hooks on the market, but when it comes down to the serious bass angler, there is one bait that will produce time and time again – the plastic worm.  Therefore, we are covering the best worm hooks for bass available.

Texas rig worms produce bass.  The only thing that produces more bass is live bait – common bass forage.  Most of these hooks are also ideal for live bait and can be made barbless with a bit of effort.  Angler’s Gear will cover those for you as well.

Our Reviews Of The Best Hooks For Bass


First off, Gamakatsu work and work well.  They are made with high quality carbon steel made with some of the best tempering technology available.  Each hook is heated and cooked in oil afterwards.  The result is a hook that is exceptionally hard but not brittle, so the hook will ‘give’ some during use.

The last thing, and possibly the most important, the Gamakatsu hooks are ultra sharp from the outset.  This means any bass will hook easily.  Bend the barb down, and you are ready for a full day of quality catch and release fishing.

The hook is designed primarily for a Texas rig, but the wide gap can accommodate live bait easily.  Between a worm and live bait, you have the best bass bait on the best bass hook.


Angler’s Gear is always looking for the best in fishing gear, and this includes hooks for bass.  If you are serious about bass fishing and looking for some table fare, live bait, particularly shiners, is the only way to go.

This Luengo model is an octopus design and has the two extra barbs along the shank to help keep a fish on the hook.

The catch and release philosophy of Angler’s Gear does not match well to this particular hook.  The big advantage you will have with fishing live bait or shiners is the quality of fish will be much more substantial.  Keeping a few for table fare will not be an issue.


We spoke at the beginning about how Texas rigged worms produce bass and produce well.  One thing we did not talk about is how there are several different sizes of worms that range from around four inches to over a foot long.

One of the advantages of Texas rigging is you can use more than just a standard worm.  Many jerk baits, made popular in the 90’s, are Texas rigged.  The Sougayilang hook will work perfectly.  The sizes of #1 to a 3/0 mean you can cover almost any worm size.  The hooks come in a plastic box with 10 hooks per size.  This is your best bass hook set you can likely find.


Z-Man is a relative newcomer in the fishing world.  The lures are exceptionally popular for inshore saltwater anglers, but these jighead hooks work great for bass.

There is only three per pack and one color, so making sure you are careful is very important.  If you are a Ned rig angler, this is the best bass hook around.  The bait keeper at the top will hold onto your worm or Ned rig lure without issue.  It works so well, in fact, there is a good chance your worm will be torn off.

The jig head is not the best looking in the world, but the bass do not care.  This is a great bass hook.


Largemouth bass are the number one fish in North America, but if you are fortunate enough to be in a locale where striped bass are abundant, you are doubly lucky.  Stripers get big, fight hard and are incredibly fun to catch.   Angler’s Gear covered them in the saltwater, but the fish are anadromous – able to survive and thrive in freshwater.  Many southern states have successfully introduced them with a successful population.

Mustad makes hooks and little else.  They are some of the leaders in the fishing world within the hook industry, and they make some of the best bass hooks around – stripers included.

The Mustad Classic Wire Demon is designed for shiners, small panfish, eels and other baitfish stripers will feed on in fresh and saltwater with regularity.

These hooks will move to the corner of the mouth with relative ease, making catch and release quick and easy.

Mustad Ned Rig Jig Head

When it comes to ned rigs, we go with Mustad! Tough and perfect where bass are under heavy pressure.  It has a low profile rig, has subtle action and is similar to the majority of what a bass feeds on.



There is quite a bit to the best bass hooks around, but these will certainly help get you started if you have a serious interest in bass fishing.  Like always, use a barbless hooks for fishing, keep only what you want, and turn the rest back for another day.

We hope to see you on the water!


For largemouth or smallmouth bass fishing, visit our full FISHING HOOKS SIZE CHART page


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