Circle Hook Design Pierces Fish Through Jaw, Promotes Catch and Release.
Even if they look kind of funny, "Circle hooks" work great. Unlike the traditional J-shaped hook, the circle hook has a circular shape and a point that turns inward to the shank at about a 90-degree angle.
When anglers look at the circle hook, they don't thinkit will catch fish, But despite its unusual appearance, the circle hook has a very good set rate.
Catch and release striped bass fishermen are urging their use because the design will results in a higher hook through the jaws or lips, increasing the fishs chance of survival after release.
Circle hooks are one of the best hooks for putting a rod in a rod holder.
When the fish grabs the baited hook and starts to swim away.
Advantages of the circle hook design include:
Circle hooks rewards you for not being quick on the trigger. Don't raise the rod in a quick hard motion, You need to more or less reel and lift at the same time. If you do the
typical hook set, youll pull the hook right out of the fishs mouth.
Circle hooks are easy to use, but it is important to use the appropriate size. The hook you use is largely determined by bait size.
The first thing that fishermen and women "balk" at, when first seeing a circle hook is the fact that the gap of the hook (distance between the point and the shank) is relatively small. The point of the hook comes directly in towards the shank the distance of the radius (1/2 the diameter) of the circle. Pointing the "business end" of the hook away from the fish goes against everything we were taught as young fishermen. For those of us who hunt the Striped Bass it is a re-education. "That's the hard part."
Some interesting facts are that this design was primarily used in long-line fishing, and before that, by our ancestors. They were used for a good reason.
Circle hook effectiveness is based on Math and Physics, specifically, Newton's second law of motion and centripetal (center-seeking force). Just as when you drive around a curve in your car and lean towards the door. As velocity accelerates on the circle, the centripetal force (the car door) is towards the center.
Circle hooks Work for Stripers.
They result in the fish almost always being hooked by their own momentum & being landed in good condition.
We should all keep in mind that the large Stripers are older mature breeding stock. Releasing most of them in good shape is the right thing to do.
Some Run and Gun Bass casting fishermen look down their nose at bait soaking Striper fishermen to begin with? Using a hook that eliminates more of the "fisherman factor", will, I'm sure only add to the prejudice. But so be it! (IMHO)
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