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Anyone have an opinion on using circle hooks for saltwater fishing for smaller fish from either dockside or a fishing pier? Thanks
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Re: [Namtrek] circle hooks In reply to
I believe they should work great. Although ithink octopus type hooks will do as well. I may be wrong though.

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I've used both Circle hooks and Octopus hooks on fresh and salt water . Both work well. Go larger not smaller in size.


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circle hooks are great for fish that would swallow the bait. They almost always hook in the corner of the mouth. Just don't set the hook or you will pull it out of their mouth. A steady pull as the fish is moving away works best.
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Re: [fishermanjakeak] circle hooks In reply to
Ok, I'll bite. What's a circle hook? Is it the kind that bows way out around?
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Re: [Jimoutside] circle hooks In reply to
A circle hook is a type of fish hook which is sharply curved back in a circular shape. It has become widely used among anglers in recent years because the hook generally catches more fish and is rarely swallowed.[1] Since the circle hook catches the fish on the lips at the corner of its mouth, it usually decreases the mortality rates of released fish as compared to J-hook (like O'Shaughnessy or Octopus hooks) which are often swallowed by the fish, causing damage to the gills or vital organs.[2]

The circle hook's unique shape allows it to only hook onto an exposed surface, which in the case of a fish means the corner of its mouth. The fish takes the baited hook and swallows it, and as the hook is reeled in, it is safely pulled out of the fish until it reaches the mouth. At this point it will catch the corner of the mouth of the fish, resulting in fewer gut-hooked fish.

In terms of technique, it is important to not strike (or set the hook) when the fish bites, but rather just reel in. The act of striking while using a circle hook often results in the hook being pulled out of the fish altogether.

Studies have shown that circle hooks do much less damage to billfish than the traditional J-hooks, yet they are at just as effective for catching billfish. This is good for conservation, since it improves survival rates after release.[3][4]


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Re: [gdn443] circle hooks In reply to
That is good to know. I suppose they come in all sizes, and work fairly well for most species?
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Re: [Jimoutside] circle hooks In reply to
They work best with bait and I have mainly seen them used with catfish. Doesn't mean you can't try them with other species. Yes there are different sizes to them.

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They are my hook of choice for drop shot and Whacky


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