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
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
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.
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!
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.