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Old 04-12-2012, 01:47 PM   #41
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I disagree. When a fish is hooked, it's usually in the side of the mouth and the fight is no different from one caught on a 'J' type hook. JMHO. C2
Naw, what my friend meant was when you set the hook (or not really) you're supposed to do it kinda like pulling in a soggy cardboard. Setting the hook is like half the fun... Especially waiting for the right time and then slamming the rod back.
I'm totally pro circle hooks and will use them whenever i can, i just didn't have great success with them last time i used them. But i will keep trying, it really sounds like they're awesome and work well. And heck, i'll do anything to have less hardheads swallow the darn hook and ruin my day because i have to yank it out and end up getting stung by them.
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Old 04-12-2012, 03:02 PM   #42
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Naw, what my friend meant was when you set the hook (or not really) you're supposed to do it kinda like pulling in a soggy cardboard. Setting the hook is like half the fun... Especially waiting for the right time and then slamming the rod back.
I'm totally pro circle hooks and will use them whenever i can, i just didn't have great success with them last time i used them. But i will keep trying, it really sounds like they're awesome and work well. And heck, i'll do anything to have less hardheads swallow the darn hook and ruin my day because i have to yank it out and end up getting stung by them.
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So would you guys suggest using circles for cobia, kingfish, and reds, or are these the exception?
Trebles for kings, circles for reds, and depends on the bait for cobia. Eels I like a treble. Pinfish, mullet, catfish, etc I like a circle.
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Old 04-12-2012, 05:40 PM   #43
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I'm noticing an increase in hook up ratio when the weight is below a circle hook than above it. I first realized this when tying 2-hook rigs at home; I slipped a weight on, and as the weight slid to the floor one of the hooks grabbed my hand. I didn't get hooked, though I noticed the lead weight pulling on the hook was helping it embed into my skin.

So, I think when a fish grabs the bait and takes off, the fish is either lifting the weight or dragging it. Which gravity takes over, and when you come tight on the line;

The fish hooks itself; which then I set the hook and begin the battle of....'MAN VS FISH FOR FOOD! *j/k
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