the shank of the hook

Nircolartor

Banned
Español, Venezuela
Hi there, from The Old Man and the Sea:

Each bait hung head down with the shank of the hook inside the bait fish, tied and sewed solid and all the projecting part of the hook, the curve and the point, was covered with fresh sardines.

What does he mean with the shank of the hook?

Thanks!
 
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