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J Hook vs Circle Hook

Posted: Sun May 07, 2017 9:10 am
by mil7950
I tried switching over to circle hooks recently after using J hooks my entire life, didn't know what a circle hook was up until recently lol. Im specifically targeting snapper and I'm using 1/0 and occasionally 2/0 circles but I'm hooking up half as often as I do with J hooks. I think I may be using too large of a piece of cut bait or I'm waiting too long to start reeling.

Does anyone have any tips on how to use circles more efficiently as far as drag settings and when to start reeling?

Re: J Hook vs Circle Hook

Posted: Sun May 07, 2017 2:28 pm
by full-cooler
Maybe you're hooking the circle hook too far into the bait ?

Re: J Hook vs Circle Hook

Posted: Mon May 08, 2017 6:17 am
by shos260288
This may help. It is all about how you set your hook.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GG6iwRRAR0c

Re: J Hook vs Circle Hook

Posted: Mon May 08, 2017 7:05 am
by mil7950
I'll mess around with where I put the hook the next time I'm out.

Thanks for the video, too. I'll try what it teaches.

Re: J Hook vs Circle Hook

Posted: Mon May 08, 2017 7:26 pm
by Snapperfanatic1828
Usually, i only use circles on bigger baits or when im using multiple rods i wouldnt be able to reach on time. And i only pierce the bait only once..just my opinion on what works for me..

Re: J Hook vs Circle Hook

Posted: Mon May 08, 2017 8:24 pm
by shos260288
I'll use circles on all live bait unless I'm mack fishing, then I'll go with a long shank J.

Re: J Hook vs Circle Hook

Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 3:27 pm
by crashmister
It's all about the opening. The distance between the point of the hook and hook shank. The wider that opening the better your hook up ratio. Smaller circles tend to pull under pressure in big fish.

Last year we were stuck with small bait in Mexico. 5/0 circles were pulling constantly. Hook just can't bite deep enough to hold under pressure.

Fortunately we made bait every night. The local Maceral were considerably larger. Once we went to the bigger 8/0 & 9/0 hooks, no more pulls.

You may be trying to set the hook like a J hook. Just reel untill the line comes tight and then keep it tight. You can reel as fast as you like, just don't pull set the hook.