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Old 07-21-2011, 12:39 PM   #1
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I love to catch king mackeral but I don't care to eat them. Therefore when I am lucky enough to catch one I prefer to release them. I know that circle hooks will be more conducive to releasing a king healthy than a treble hook. Will there be a significant drop off in hook ups when using a circle hook as compared to using a treble hook? My preferred method for catching kings is to slow troll or snob a live bait.
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Old 07-21-2011, 01:05 PM   #2
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I don't know about circle hooks, and I never liked to eat them either...UNTIL I had some smoked king dip. YUMMO! You just might be surprized!
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I only use circle hooks for kings. I had to alter my technique a little to achieve good hookups. Basically when I freeline, I hook the bait towards the tail so that the bait can swim naturally away from the boat and that seems to be a spot where to king gets hooked most of the time. I was hooking the bait through the mouth but I did lose some fish this way. I keep my drag completely loose and when the king makes his run, its as simple as tightening the drag down and the hook gets the corner of the mouth every time. This makes for easy releases as well as easier to unhook a gaffed fish on the boat. I use the uncoated cable with a crimp and a 5/0 circle. Hope this helps!
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I only use circle hooks for kings. I had to alter my technique a little to achieve good hookups. Basically when I freeline, I hook the bait towards the tail so that the bait can swim naturally away from the boat and that seems to be a spot where to king gets hooked most of the time. I was hooking the bait through the mouth but I did lose some fish this way. I keep my drag completely loose and when the king makes his run, its as simple as tightening the drag down and the hook gets the corner of the mouth every time. This makes for easy releases as well as easier to unhook a gaffed fish on the boat. I use the uncoated cable with a crimp and a 5/0 circle. Hope this helps!

Exactly what he said. I very very rarely miss a hookup with a circle hook and find I get more strikes. The bait looks very natural. I hate treble hooks.
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Thanks for the tips. I'm going to give the circle hooks a try next week. I will also have to give the smoked king dip a try as well.
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