Hook type can influence the survivorship of released fish because certain hooks types are more likely to hook fish in the jaw. A jaw hooked fish is more likely to survive when released than a fish hooked in the stomach, eye, or gill. Please note:
- Non-offset circle hooks are less likely to cause injury than other hook types.
Non offset Circle Hook
Offset J Hook
Hooks were provided by Charleston Angler.
Observed occurrences of potentially lethal hooking for red snapper based on different hook types. Information was developed in Sauls et al. 2016 and presented in SEDAR 41. As you can see non-offset circle hooks have the lowest chance of potentially lethal hooking.
||Lip or Jaw
||Potentially Lethal Location
||Percent Potentially Lethal
|Other (Kahle, Treble)
The Hook Location is used to estimate release mortality.