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Old 09-28-2015, 09:41 AM   #1
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We are headed down to Navarre thrusday night and pretty new to saltwater kayak fishing. Ive used stingers for kings but seeing where sails and mahi don't like steel. If you ran a fluorocarbon leader to your circle hook and then a treable stinger on steel would this help when a king hit and still give us a better chance on palagics?
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Old 09-28-2015, 09:44 AM   #2
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Ive seen people do it but a stinger, Id think, wouldnt allow the circle hook to rotate to get a good hookset in the corner of the mouth.

PLENTY of sails and dolphin have been caught on king rigs and frozen cigs just like plenty of kings have been caught on fluro and circle hooks.

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Old 09-28-2015, 09:50 AM   #3
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I use about five inches of wire attached to a circle hook. I'm not a fan of treble hooks.



Mahi do not seem to care.


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Thanks.
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Old 09-28-2015, 08:01 PM   #5
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For those that just use a circle, do you seem to get just as many hook ups as you did with a treble? I always thought the stinger was because a lot of fish swipe the back end off the bait.
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I like to hook the fish I catch in the mouth.

Just a personal preference. Lol

I also feel like the chance of pulling a hook out of a fish are reduced.


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Circle hooks def have a better chance of landing a fish that jumps.
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While fishing on the piers ive always seemed to miss fish that strike while reeling in. So seems like trolling with a single circle would miss alot of fish.
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You dont troll a circle hook to catch kings. Like I said you WILL catch them but if thats what you are after dont troll them.

Mackerel like to slice a bait in half and come back for the head, thats generally why we use stingers. When trolling a king rig (two hooks) and when I catch a dolphin on it, it is almost always hooked by the front hook leading my to believe that they like to attack the head of the bait.


This time of year, I wouldnt troll a king rig cause personally I could care less to catch a mackerel. I want to have a better chance at landing a sail with out injuring it with a circle then risk jumping it off with a king rig or worse, gut hooking it or gill hooking it. Even if that means I go through a dozen expensive hooks in a day.

Saying that, if my clients are new to fishing, generally I will give them a king rig because "dropping back" a circle hook to a sail, though not rocket science, isnt the easiest to quickly master. Especially considering you are in a kayak facing away from the bait.
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Ok JD, ive searched it here and youtube. What is "dropping back" a circle hook? Also thanks for muddying up my plans to where now I don't even know what hooks I want to use. LOL We mainly just want to catch some fish, would love to hook into some tuna and sails but if we could catch a king or two each we will be pretty happy.
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