For starters, this type of fishing is usually done to target plus-sized fish, so you don’t want a weak hook. You might catch a few small ones here and there and this hook serves that purpose fine as well. But when that big bite you’re looking for comes, you’re going to want a meaty hook. The HD Weighted Willow Swimbait Hook has you covered there, with the HD standing for Heavy Duty. This hook is a beast and won’t bend, or at least I haven’t been able to bend it and I’ve laid into some pretty good fish with 65-pound braided line and a 7-foot, 10-inch rod.
These hooks also come in large sizes, which is crucial since many of the swimbaits used for this type of fishing are large and quite meaty. Anytime there’s a lot of plastic to a bait, you need a big hook with a wide gap where there’s space for that plastic to ball-up when you set the hook. Otherwise, the hook never penetrates the fish. With sizes ranging from 3/0 to 11/0, you’re not going to find a bait too big for one of these hooks. For reference, the Gambler Big EZ I’m using here is 5 inches long and I have it rigged on a 6/0 hook. You can see the adequate gap left between my swimbait and the hook once it’s rigged. But also note, those smaller sizes will work well with little 3-inch paddle tail swimbaits too.