Originally Posted by mu fish
Here is the bottom line: inline circles u almost always have to let the fish run and put the breaks on him by reeling in not lifting the rod tip. .
Sorry I have to disagree 100% with this statement. Inline circles hook (and offsets) the most fish by leaving the reel locked up and in a rod holder and especially if you are using baits such as clam, bloods or chunks. I used to do the let the fish run thing but then we started leaving the reels locked and in the rod holder with circles our hook up ratio increased by a lot.
Once we realized this we we even experimented with it with live herring. Some days when we were catching bigger fish (25lbs plus) they completely inhale the herring. On those days when we had big fish inhaling livies we locked up the rods and hooked up with many fish and many fish over 30 lbs.
I am so confident in this method that most times I don't even pick the rod up until it's doubled over and the fish is pulling drag.
So here my methods of fishing different hooks.
J hooks- with any bait other then live bait. Rod in hand always. Fish bites set hook hard.
circle hooks - offset or inline - with any bait other then live bait. Rod in holder and locked up. When rod is bent over pick it up and reel in the fish.
All methods work but this method with circles is the best IMO and the chances of gut hooking a fish are greatly decreased. I can even post pics of some really nice fish that have been caught in past years with the reel locked up with live herring. Next time your out try to leave one rod locked up and let us know how it works for you.
As far as this years run of fish goes. The last week of March and the first 2 week of April were the best by far in terms of big fish and numbers. It's been down since then and we have not had a 30 lb fish since the second week of April. Thought the new moon that just passed would have had more big fish up but it only brought us a bunch of 15-18 lbers with an occasional fish over 20 lbs.