Circle Hooks

There are a wide variety of hook styles from which to choose when you’re fishing. While the “J.” style is still the most popular, the circle hook is gaining from more popularity. In fact, over the last 10 years more anglers are discovering that if they use it properly circle hooks increase fish survival.


These hooks are designed to catch in the corner of the mouth of the fish. Between 95% and 100% of the time they work exactly that way. This even applies if the fish has completely swallowed the hook. Because of the mechanics, this type of hook slips through the gullet and does not catch on soft tissue. In fact, when properly done the hook will hit the corner of the mouth, kicks over, and the point catches and penetrates.


One of the biggest challenges for anglers, when they first begin using a circle hook is that they attempt to set the hook. It’s mostly a matter of instinct. Anglers have the instinct to set the hook. They have the hardest time overcoming this urge that forces them to rear back fast and hard as soon as they feel a strike. In the end, the result is a failed hook set.


Circle hooks work equally as well with live or dead bait. What is important, is choosing the appropriate sized hook so that a sufficient length of the point is exposed preventing the bait from interfering with rotating action. This is necessary to allow the hook sufficient room to pull against the job of the fish.


In order to understand the mechanics of the circle hook, take a 24 and piece of fishing line and a saltwater circle hook. Use the 5/0 or larger for the best results. They could be with your thumb with your hand raised in front of you. Once you’ve done this, hold the line, dropped the hook onto the palm side of your hand, and make sure the line is flying across the V. This will give you a visual of the hook as it sits inside the fish’s mouth with the “V.” in the corner. At that time, slowly draw the hook up to your palm towards the “V.”. Watch until you see the hook may contact with the skin between your thumb and forefinger. At that point, you should see the hook start to rotate towards the point – this will expose the point to your skin. Hopefully, this will give you a better understanding of how the hook works and why a traditional hook will not work.


One significant advantage of circle hooks is that it’s very difficult for a fighting fish to shake them loose. In fact, since the close design does not allow the hook to back out of the fish’s jaw, it makes this one of the key features. Once you overcome the urge to set the hook, you’ll surely find that you not only are saving money on hooks, but you also be contributing to the future of your fishing area. These hooks do contribute to giving a released fish a far better chance of survival.


When you are out saltwater fishing it is important to make sure you have the right supplies. Some of the most popular brands include Shimano Reels, Penn Reels, and Daiwa Saltwater Reels.

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