Thursday, June 11, 2009

Texas Fishermen Love the Circle Hook

I was in the local Academy Sports buying some hooks the other day. I had picked up some Eagle Claw circle hooks and the gentlemen standing next to me asked what I used those funny looking hooks for. I explained that I was headed to Padre Island to go surf fishing and was building some surf rigs. He said that he also was headed to the Texas Coast to go surf and bay fishing but had never used that kind of hook. I convinced him to try them and wish I knew how he did on his trip. I would be willing to bet that he will now fish with circle hooks on a regular basis.

How many times have you gone to set a hook on a fish and missed it? Many years ago I used to take the kids to the Texas coast to go fishing. They had a hard time catching redfish and trout because they could not set the hook properly. After rigging them up with what then was a new-fangled circle hook their catch rates went way up. I started using them on surf rigs for pompano, whiting, drum and other fish. All you had to do was start reeling and the fish would hook themselves. The best part was ninety-nine percent of them were hooked right in the corner of the mouth. No more gut hooked fish and no more undersized fished hooked so deep they would die upon release.

The simple circle hook has become the hook of choice for thousands of Texas sportsmen because they work. They help you catch fish and do it humanely. I have used them with popping corks, shrimp, live and cut bait. I have rigged surf rigs, bottom rigs and trotlines with circle hooks and they keep right on catching fish.

The cardinal rule of circle hooks is do not set the hook. If you are one of those that has a hard sweeping hook set that will yank a trout into next week, it will take a while for you to adjust to the circle hook. When a fish takes the bait, simply bring the line tight and start reeling. I know it is hard to believe and it took me a while to trust them also, but now I am a true believer. If you have not tried the circle hook, pick up some and give them a whirl. I think you will find your hookup percentage will take a big jump. Keep your lines in the water, Wild Ed

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Anonymous said...

Hmmm.. Headed to Port Mansfield next weekend for fishing. Will these work ok with Gulp ? I'll pick some up anyway before I drive down there and try 'em out. Thanks for the tip.

Rob in Arlington

Wild Ed said...

Rob I would feel comfortable using the circle hook with any bait. I do not use them on artificial lures as the strike is much faster.

Anonymous said...

Picked some up this afternoon. Talked to fishing buddy and he said what you did. use with cut bait, not arty stuff. We're going to try 'em out.


Wild Ed said...

Have a great trip.

Anonymous said...

A couple of buddies and I are going out fishing this weekend. Mostly for Walleye, Bass, and Cat's. Should we try this out or just stick to the traditional worm and Viking hook?

Wild Ed said...

i think the circle hook is one of the greatest catfish hooks made for bait. I have never fished for walleye and would not know. I fish artificials for bass so I do not use the circle hook. I would think it should be great for any fish where you use natural or live bait. Hope you get enough for a fish fry.

Albert A Rasch said...

Hey Ed!

I'm writing a piece on fish mortality, and I am quoteing you from this post.

Always good stuff here!

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Wild Ed said...

Feel free to use whatever you like, Albert. ET