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I have heard circle hooks work good for cats. You let them run with it and they end up hooking themselves. I am just wondering if anybody here has used them and if they work like they are suppose too?
 

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They work especially good for catch and release. We use them for bass when live shiner fishing.
 

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[but you need to make sure you get the right ones
for what your fishing for]

Can you explain?...I have only fished channel cats a little at North Sterling...
 

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well first you want to go with the biggest hook you can get away with i use a 4/0 and 5/0 hook so the little ones cant get hooked but dont get me wrong some times i still hook them but most of the time i dont

second thin wire or thick wire if your not going after monsters then use thin wire hooks

hope this helped
 

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the best thing about the hook is you dont have to set it and
that help out alot when you have to cast out a far way
just set the pole down and leave a little slack in the line and
let the fish pick it up and run
they set the hook


the hook works on all kinds of fish too just not cats
 

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Thanks...I am going to have to try them when bait fishing from shore for walleyes and wipers...
 

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I had a chance to try out the circle hook on the Colorado River the other day. It worked as advertised. I fished for about 2 hours and caught one 2 lb channel cat which hooked itself. I was sitting in my vehicle waiting because it started to rain. If I was using my normal hooks I would of missed it. It was neatly hooked into the corner of its jaw. I wish I would of used the circle hook a long time ago I would of caught a lot more catfish.  :)
 

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I love using circle hooks for catfish. I have caught a lot more fish since I made the switch. The main benefit of the circle hook in my opinion is that 95% of the time the hook will be in the corner of the mouth, ensuring that it stays in place during the fight. Make sure you bring along the pliers though, they can be really tough to get out!
 

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How do you rig these? Are they only for worms? Can you hook minnows through the lip or throw the side? How about crawdads?
Lots of questions, I've never used circle hooks and have fished for cats alot think I have to try using them.
 
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