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    Circle Hooks Lower Catch Rate for Offshore Anglers, Impacting Recreational Fishing

    Discussion in 'Fishing forum' started by HarleyK, Apr 4, 2012.

    1. HarleyK

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      ScienceDaily (Mar. 28, 2012) — Anglers are required to use circle hooks in some fishing tournaments because they are less likely to cause lethal injuries in billfish, such as marlin. However, research from North Carolina State University shows that broadening circle hook requirements could adversely impact charter and recreational fishing, since they make it more difficult to catch non-billfish.

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      I say deal with it. Much more fun and rewarding to catch fish with more difficult setups plus improved survival rates are always a plus for the industry as a whole. Plus it makes release far less stressful and dangerous for the fish or anglers. Though i don't have to almost all of my hooks are barbless.
       
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      i personally hate circle hooks. never have had ANY work the way they were supposed to. octopus hooks for the win!
       
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      I use both and to me, they are pretty much equal when it comes to hauling a fish in.
       
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      to hell with commercial fisheries anyways, though i think for charters they should allow regular hooks, if you're dealing with people that dont know what they're doing and you're trying to get em on fish - need every advantage possible
       
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      If it protects the fish leave them be. It is called fishing not catching. You just got to learn how to use the circle hooks.
       
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      Screw the circle hooks. They suck out loud
       
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      They work fine unless you are conditioned to set the hook or pull while the fish is running towards you. My experience with both fresh and salt water fishing is that if you do it right, you'll get a corner of the mouth hook up.

      I've even been successful fishing largemouth with a senko hooked wacky and thought the end with circle hooks.


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      I have never had an issue with circle hooks and prefer them when ever im using live or fresh bait.
       
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      i have used them several times for large catfish and never had any issues with them even used them in sw too.

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