I'm reading up on all I can about the new circle hooks. We are just now heading back into shore and offshore fishing after about a 9 year layoff and understand that we're SUPPOSE to use all circle hooks for game fishing. Any tips that anyone posts here will be forever greatfully appreciated by me and hubby. We're re-stocking the tacklebox, relearning how to tie rigs and chomping at the bit to get out in the GULF!!!!!!
Thanks in advance for any help anyone is kind enough to pass along our way!
From working in the fishing industy I see J hooks as a thing of the past! Regulations have already changed in the last year or so and I see them to continue to change in the future. You better learn how to use circle hooks. Owner makes the best circle hook in the fishing industry. I just recently came back from the ICAST show in Vegas and got a chance to work the Owner booth were I saw all the new hooks coming out in 2009. As stated above the Mutu Light is the best hook for what you are trying to do. I would suggest a #1 for what you are doing. The Mutu Light hook is coming back in 2009 with a new and better look. Its barb is now a perfect 90 degrees and tournament legal unlike the Mutu light of the past. Owner will be shipping them later in the year and they will take the place of last years Mutu light.
I love Owner hooks too, black chrome finish is bad ass.
Gamakatsu's are sticky sharp as well for a #2 choice.
Go as light as you can and keep your options open, if you dont think its working out try something new, dont let yourself get bored, you never know I was the first one of my friends to use a poppin cork regularly......they use to laugh.