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Hooks come in an assortment of sizes and styles and must be kept sharp to be effective. If you plan to release your catch, or are helping children fish, bend down the barb to make it easier to remove. Choose the size of hook for the species of fish you are trying to catch and the type of bait you are using. Ask a seasoned angler or a bait and tackle dealer for suggestions.
Fishing line comes in pound-test (the line size or strength). The larger the line size, the stronger it is. Match your fishing line to your rod and reel capacity and the species of fish you want to catch.
Sinkers are weights used to cast your bait, take bait to the bottom, hold bait in place, or keep your bobber upright. Sinkers are designed in several different shapes and sizes and are used for various types of fishing techniques.
Bobbers, floats and corks are used to keep your bait where fish are biting, keep bait off the bottom, and to indicate that you are getting a bite or strike.
To see other fishing related terms defined, please consult the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.