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Who here all uses Circle Hooks when fishing bait?

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by A_Swede_17_1911, Apr 29, 2005.

  1. I've been using Circle hooks for catfish, I like the way they hook solid in the corner of the mouth. I have noticed that your better off using a stiffer rod than a softer one, to get more hook ups. The reason I say this is I seem to get more hook ups using my Berkley Big Game Rod that is a MedHvy action, but seems to have a stiffer taper to it. While my Berkley Reflex is a medium action but with a softer action to it. Its awsome for lobing live bait with and I really like it but I seem to miss more fish with the circle hooks using it. So I end up fishing a more traditonal hook with that rod.

    I end up doing more catch and release fishing even for catfish than anything. Just curious to see what other people use. Oh the sizes I use are usally from #1's to #4/0 circle hooks depending were im fishing and what im using for bait.

    Sharp hooks and tight lines
  2. I too used the circle hooks on ocassion. If you don't go with a stiffer action try a heavier line weight to eliminate some of the stretch ( but you will have less line sensitivity ). The circle hooks do require more setting force but you will not loose a fish once hooked. ;)

    But... if you are not catching to release, any plain mustard or japan style hooks is the way to go.

  3. KodiakG-22C


    Jan 6, 2005
    I use circle hooks all time when I "Wacky Rig" Senko type baits for bass fishing. I love them!
    In fact I dont set the hook hard at all. All I do is apply pressure to the fish and the hook digs right in. I use a 1/0-2/0 Gamakatsu Octopus.

    Up in Michigan more and more people are going to this type of hook for Bass. It has a smaller profile and you dont lose as many fish!

    Good Luck
  4. alphacat

    alphacat account deleted

    Jul 16, 2003
    Catfish, Catfish, man the local paper had a great item last Sunday about this local guy and his wife, and it sure makes me want to go fishing for them big old cats. It's been a long time sinse I've been fishing maybe this is the summer for me to start back fishing.

    He talks about circle hooks on his website.

    Fish On!