Fishers often spend a lot of time discussing knots, rods, reels, boats, lines, and a number of other topics related to the art of fishing. However, there is often surprisingly little discussion about the most direct and primary connection between you, the fisher, and the fish: the hook. A sharp hook increases the chances of taking home all sorts of fish at the end of the day. A dull hook might lead to the one that got away. It’s worth taking the time, therefore, to make sure your next trip to the lake, the ocean, or even the local watering hole is one where every piece of your tackle is on your side, including your sharp hooks. To that end, this guide will give you an overview to the relatively easy process of sharpening a fish hook.
Before you do anything else, you should check the sharpness of your hook. Typically, a freshly bought hook will be very sharp, but it is always worth double checking. You can easily do so by gently running the point of your hook across your fingernail. If the point of the hook leaves a mark on the nail and digs in a little, it is sharp, and you are ready to tie the hook and go fishing. If not, you may need a hook sharpening.