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    Posted: 29 September 2008 at 7:57pm
Hearing a lot about the benefits of Circle hooks but they look hard to bait to me and clumsy looking. Has anyone any experience in using them and do they really hook in the side of the mouth every time?
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i have been using circles the last 2 years for bream and have found them to be worth the difficulty of baiting

i am thinkin about using them for cod in the winter and will hopefully have more hook ups.

the only problem i have found so far is that the true circle hooks dont work so well on slack. the best ones i have used so far for all round is the mustad crab claw which isnt a true circle but works

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ekyone Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 September 2008 at 9:42pm
The Varivas semi circle is an excellent heavy wire hook, razor sharp and easier to use than a full circle, they only go to 4/0 though. I have had problems removing the hook when using full circles and yes fish do swallow the lot sometimes which makes it almost impossible to get the hook out. I have also missed plenty of bites using circles so for me the jury is still out.
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Must be murder if the hook is swallowed but I think I will give them a try and see what happens. A friend has told me you must use them for reef fish when fishing in Florida so there must be some benefit for catch and release. Will wait and see
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I've found circles work well for tope provided you give them plenty of time to run with it. They're effective on rays as well, whilst the semi-circle patterns work well on smaller fish. I've not hooked up on cod with single squid with them, but in any case would prefer a much larger bait and a pennel for cod where I don't really expect to be putting it back alive

Deep hooking is vastly reduced with circles but they're a swine to T-bar - a relevant issue with tope and conger. Crush the barbs, they serve no real purpose. Semi-circles can deep hook but tend to scissor hook and can be easily barred off. Doggies in particular do seem to have the right (wrong?!) throat/gill raker morphology to occaionally deep hook on a circle.

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I guess crushing the barbs is another whole new issue. I do a lot of freshwater fishing with the kids and never lose a fish because of barbless hooks although some people say larger fish can suffer worse damage because of hook movement. I agree pennels look so much better for larger baits and I cannot see how a worm would look on a circle but they seem to work!
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Hello,

speak to bodders he uses these all the time and has a fair amount of success and uses them with big baits for Cod in the winter

 

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