For the past 30 years I've been using either a #6 or a #8 long-shank cricket hook. It always seemed that I miss a lot of bites. Just recently I read an article where a bream-fishing expert stated that he used the shortest-shanked hook he could find. He also uses 6-8 or even a #10 sized hook. Went to Academy and bought some. I'll have to bring my reading glasses next time. Trying to put-on a wiggling worm on those little hooks gave me skull-cramps. It also didn't help to have fingers as big as fence-posts! I'm guessing crickets, mealworms or wax worms would be a lot easier to bait-up with. What hooks do y'all use?