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Old 01-18-2009, 12:28 AM   #1
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Which circle hooks do you use and whywhen chasing the endangered red snapper and grouper?

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Old 01-18-2009, 12:29 AM   #2
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I use the commercial grade silver mustads. Why? Cause they work
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Old 01-18-2009, 01:05 AM   #3
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Freespool (1/17/2009)I use the commercial grade silver mustads. Why? Cause they work
Are those the ones that look like they are extremely heavy duty?

What about offset or straight?

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Old 01-18-2009, 01:46 AM   #4
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The OLE hook.. I,ve always used the silver Mustads myself. I second "that they really work" never had one break or bend. 99%of the time Ileave them straight. Sometimes we have to fine tune the point on new ones . They are the only hooks I bottom fish with..
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i think the law now is you have to use non-offset when targeting reef fish. never had the fwc board me and check to see if mine were offset or not but if you want to do everything by the letter....
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Ok, what is the diffence between a straight and offset circle hook? Anyone have pictures to show the difference? Next stop google.....
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69Viking (2/11/2009)Ok, what is the diffence between a straight and offset circle hook? Anyone have pictures to show the difference? Next stop google.....
A straight or non offset circle hook will lay flat on a flat surface. An offset circle hook is bent slightly to one side so it will not lay flat on a flat surface.

edit: The eye of the hook will keep any hook from lying flat so hang it off the side of the flat surface when checking your hook to see if its offset or not.
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Old 02-11-2009, 04:33 PM   #8
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I use the Ultra Point circle non offset because of the law. They are sharp and don't cost nearly as much as Owners which is what I used before I found these.
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Old 02-12-2009, 10:08 AM   #9
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The non-offset actually seem to work the best anyway. When we used to use the offset ones (When they were legal), I found that a lot of fish would be gut hooked. Our catch ratio is much better with the non-offset and they are better for the fish released. The non-offset seem to act more like a true circle hook was designed forand roll into the corner of the mouth most of the time.
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Old 02-19-2009, 07:09 PM   #10
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