A hooklengths (also known as a snood) is a length of line which is attached to the rig body and terminates in a hook. The vast majority of rigs used in UK sea fishing will incorporate a hooklength which can be attached to the rig body with either trapped swivels or a more simple (and cheaper) dropper knot.
Monofilament hooklengths: The Amnesia brand of line by the American company Sunset is by far and away the most popular for making hooklengths with UK anglers. This is because Amnesia is memory free, meaning that it stays straight and tangle free in a way that normal monofilament fishing line does not, making it ideal for making hooklengths and snoods.
Amnesia is reasonably priced, comes on conveniently sized spools and is commonly available from tackle shops and online retailers. It is available in a wide range of colours and breaking strains with clear or black Amnesia in 15lb, 20lb or 30lb being the most popular. Click here to view Amnesia snood line at Sea Angling Shop.
Fluorocarbon: Fluorocarbon is a fairly new development in sea angling, although it has been used in freshwater fishing and fly fishing for a number of years. It is a highly technologically advanced line that is close to invisible when it is in water due to the way it refracts light. For this reason it is becoming increasingly popular as a line to use for snoods, especially for shy biting fish such as mullet and bass, and is now being widely used in LRF (Light Rock Fishing). It is also strong and stiff meaning it stands away from the rig body, lessening the chances of a tangle, and it is also very abrasion resistant and also sinks meaning that it helps keep baits on the seabed. View flourocarbon on Amazon by clicking here.
Wire Line: Wire line is a type of line used to construct hooklengths on rigs designed to target big and powerful fish such as conger, tope or other shark species. The reason for this is that these fish have sharp teeth which can bite through monofilament, leading to many anglers using wire traces to guard against this. As knots cannot be tied with wire line specialist crimps are used instead. An alternative to wire traced is to used heavy monofilament (100 – 200lb breaking strain), although this will also have to be secured with heavyweight crimps as it is too heavy to tie conventional knots with. With most heavy crimps it is also necessary to use specialist heavy crimping pliers. Read our full article on wire line by clicking here.