How to Keep Your Fishing Hooks Sharp

Catching fish is hard enough. There’s no need to make it harder by using dull fishing hooks. You can keep your fishing hooks sharp by occasionally giving them a little TLC. It’s easy to do and doesn’t take much time.

Here’s what to do.

Test the sharpness of each hook by dragging it lightly across your thumbnail.
If it digs in, that means it’s sharp. But if it slides easily across your nail, it needs to be sharpened.
Get a simple hook file. Holding it with your thumb and forefinger, push it away from you (never back and forth) across the hook’s angled cutting edge. Just three or four swipes is all you need.
After that, turn the hook over, hold it in your other hand and file the opposite edge. A few swipes along the base of the point will remove any burrs.
After your file your hook, test it again on your thumbnail. It should dig in and be ready for action.