Today we will be looking at an often overlooked piece of fishing tackle, fishing hooks. Specifically the best fishing hooks for roach fishing. Hooks for roach fishing should range in size from 10 – 20. The most common sizes are 14, 16 and size 18. Hooks for feeder fish should be small, thin and non reflective. The best hook to catch roach are the F1 Pellets by Guru. Available on amazon, if you want to know then read our review and buyers guide to learn what you should be looking out for when shopping for hooks!
This is by far my most used hook, it’s a great hook for feeder fishing species such as roach, tench and perch. Guru F1 pellet hooks are as sharp as they come, before these hooks I was changing hooks every 30 minutes. With these I can safely catch a number of fish without changing hooks. This really makes them cost effective.
The sharpness and presentation of the hook allows it to really hold onto bait and are perfectly matched for maggots. Size 14 can hold 2-3 and 18 1-2 maggots. These hooks are designed with pellet baits in mind and can really be used with any pellets.
These hooks are incredibly strong, this really helps catch bigger fish on smaller hooks. With feeder fish such as roach you should really change the hook size depending on the size of the catch. Well, with these hooks you can start at 16 and get away with using only that size.
Usually with hooks this size, carp will occasionally bite. When this happens, hooks tend to bend and then the carp can escape. For me, this has never happened with the F1 pellet hooks by Guru. This is especially important for barbless hooks, which I would pretty much always recommend and you are nearly always required to use anyway.
These hooks are also coated with teflon making them matt black which means they are much more difficult to see. This really helps with fish that spook easily.
All of this for 1-3 per pack of 10 is incredible value.
These are some of the best hooks for feeder fish like roach. They tend to be really sharp so you can get away with catching quite a few fish before you need to change hooks. This saves a lot of time if you are having a successful time fishing! Not only are they sharp but even though they are such a thin wire they are really strong. The biggest disadvantage is that these hooks are pretty shiny which means fish can get spooked if they reflect any light.
Most of the time i use a single maggot presentation on a size 16 but sizes 14-18 are pretty much perfect for this size of fish.
These are the hooks i would use if you know there are larger fish where you are fishing. These may be small hooks but they are strong enough to land a good sized carp. Guru have managed to get this strength by coating these hooks in PTFE this also has the benefit of making them have a matte finish which reduces the visibility of these hooks in the water. This is probably one of my favorite all round hooks. I would usually use these with maggots or corn.
Best Hooks For Roach Fishing
Hook sharpness is an important factor to consider, both short term and long term.
Short term sharpness is the ability of a hook to immediately hook a fish whereas long term sharpness refers to how long a hook will last before it blunts and is ineffective at hooking fish.
Hook gape is the distance between the hooks shank, the straight piece, to the hooks tip. Hook gapes are often standardised so i wouldn’t worry about this as a factor.
Spade-end vs eyed
Spade end hooks have the same shape as, well a spade. With these hooks you need to know how to tie a spade end knot. This is super simple and you will be able to learn in 5 minutes from a youtube video. Here is an example. These hooks are often lighter but this is not important if you are a novice angler.
Eyed hooks allow you to thread the line through the hole and tie any basic knot. This is the easiest hook to rig. But these hooks tend to be heavier.
Wire diameter refers to the width or diameter of the hook metal. Hooks which are thinner are less likely to spook fish. Hooks which are thicker are stronger but are more likely to be seen by fish and discourage them from biting.
Hooks can be painted or coated. Cheap hooks are often considerably reflective which is the biggest reason why fish won’t bite. Hooks which are coated with metals such as bronze or nickel are less reflective than silver hooks. Hooks which are coated with materials like teflon, which make the hooks black are the least reflective and in many people’s opinion, the best hooks to use.