How To Sharpen A Hook
You won’t hook many fish with a dull hook, and plenty of them are dull straight out of the package. Drag the point over your thumbnail – if it glides along easily, it’s dull. The hook should dig in and try to penetrate with very little effort.
To sharpen a hook, give it a half-dozen light rubs with a hook hone, swiping towards the point from the barb. Then, flip it over and give it another half-dozen swipes on the other side. All you want to do is shave the slightest amount of material off the sides of the hook point. Never push it at the hone point-first, as that can ruin the point. Or, use a commercially-made hook sharpener. There are several different types, most of which are powered by oen or two small batteries. You just insert the hook point into a small recepticle, push a button, and you're done.
Whethet you sharpen the hook by hand or use a power sharpener, try the thumbnail test afterward and see how you did. It takes a bit of practice at first, but you’ll soon get the point.