How to Match the Right Hook to Your Rig

With all of the different types of hooks and rigs out there, it can be difficult to figure out how to match them. Choose the wrong hook, and the fish may ignore or even eject it.

Here are a few tips for matching the right hook to your rig.


Make sure your hook is sharp, and that it retains its sharpness. Try pulling it over your fingernail—if it slides easily, it’s not sharp enough. If you’re considering a cutting or spade-shape point, keep in mind that these have pros and cons. On the one hand, they grab quickly and have a solid hook set; on the other hand, they leave a bigger hole in the fish’s flesh, which could cause the hook to come loose as the fish struggles to get away.


Light wire hooks are best for finesse fishing situations. Standard wire works great for pitching, flipping and other heavy-duty situations. Choose something that’s strong but not overly heavy.

Match the hook bait to the hook

Hold the hook next to the hook bait and see if it looks balanced and even. A small grain of plastic corn can match a size 8 or 10 hook, and a larger 20 mm boilie may require a 4 or 6.

Now that you know how to match the right hook to your rig, it’s time to put your knowledge into practice with a fishing trip at the Lawrence Bay Lodge. We’re located on Saskatchewan’s beautiful Reindeer Lake, which is known for abundant Northern Pike, Lake Trout, Walleye and Artic Grayling in its waters.

Between our top-of-the-line equipment, knowledgeable guides, comfortable rooms and home-cooked food, we know you’ll have the fishing trip of a lifetime. Give us a call at 701-262-4560 to book your next adventure today!