Hooks are an essential for any angler. Most hooks are made from either high-carbon steel, steel alloyed with Vanadium or stainless steel, and come in a variety of sizes, shapes, designs, and colors. Generally, hooks are paired with a lure or bait to catch a fish and keep it on the line while being reeled. Some lures and artificial baits are designed with a hook, others can be combined with a hook for optimal performance. Parts of a hook include the barb, eye, bend and shank.