The method of tying fishing hooks was also investigated and a difference in catch rate between tying a circle hook versus snelling a circle hook was determined to be around 20% in favor of the snell knot. See the diagrams below on how to tie a fishing
knot to attach the hook to the trace.
Snelled fishing hooks
Besides improved catch rates, the snell knot takes only seconds per hook to tie. The resulting attachment is one of the strongest fishing knots around, whereas tying to the eye of the hook weakens the trace by as much as 40% (depending on the knot used
and the skill of the fisherman tying the knot).
The best snelled fishing hooks found in the extensive sea trials (over 10,000 hooks were set) are available from Paul's Fishing Kites. The snell is the easiest fish hook tying knot around.
There are two types available
- Nickel Teflon : 4/0 & 5/0
For conventional fishing with rods and reels from boat or shore.
- Seaguard Coated : 4/0 & 5/0
These have a smaller eye for tighter snelling and are best for longlines, kite fishing and kon tiki rigs.
Paul's Fishing Kites full range of hook products can be found here