HooksThom AirsHooks, Wide gape

Wide gape

HooksThom AirsHooks, Wide gape
Wide gape

Perhaps the most classic-looking carp pattern, a wide-gape hook is a good all-rounder. They are great for use with bottom baits but come into their own with buoyant baits, either in the form of pop-ups or on the surface. In the latter scenario wide-gape hooks are chosen due to their high strength-to-size ratio.

The large gap (the distance between the point and the shank) improves the chances of the hook catching hold as the fish expells your hookbait.