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Old 05-02-2020, 04:36 PM
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I'm all for circle hooks for live lining. Ive been using them for years. Unfortunately it's going to ruin my chunk game.
Why's that bud? Circle hooks is all I've used in 21 years of striper fishing and I use them regularly for chunk. Do you have hook-up issues?
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Old 05-02-2020, 04:38 PM
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I can tell you from experience when a circle hook is gut hooked it is nearly impossible to get it out and it does happen......when a J hook is gut hooked a good removal tool will get it out safely every time...i have never failed.
I feel this is spot on. I actually stopped using bridles because they almost always swallowed the circle hooks. If there was some type of a tool that I could stick down inside their mouth and cut the end of the circle hook off, I'd buy one in a heartbeat.
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Old 05-02-2020, 09:30 PM
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Why's that bud? Circle hooks is all I've used in 21 years of striper fishing and I use them regularly for chunk. Do you have hook-up issues?

I love circle hooks for live bait since they typically grab it and run. In my experience fishing chunk, the majority of the time that I hook up its a minor tap similar to a eel/perch/catfish... It renders the circle ineffective in that situation. I fished chunk for years with circles waiting for a "run" with little success. It wasn't that many years ago that I found out those little tap tap and drops could be the big girls.
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I feel this is spot on. I actually stopped using bridles because they almost always swallowed the circle hooks. If there was some type of a tool that I could stick down inside their mouth and cut the end of the circle hook off, I'd buy one in a heartbeat.
x2 on the bridle rigs. Almost every fish landed was gut hooked.
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I can tell you from experience when a circle hook is gut hooked it is nearly impossible to get it out and it does happen......when a J hook is gut hooked a good removal tool will get it out safely every time...i have never failed.
I feel this is spot on. I actually stopped using bridles because they almost always swallowed the circle hooks. If there was some type of a tool that I could stick down inside their mouth and cut the end of the circle hook off, I'd buy one in a heartbeat.
Knipex cutters work great. We use them for cutting 8/0 musky trebles so the cut singles with ease and they're small enough to fit in the bass's mouth easily. I used one on a Rapala treble the other day on a roughly 18 inch Bass
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Old 05-05-2020, 07:44 PM
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Got 4 bass today all on live with circle hooks. All perfectly hooked in the mouth. All swam away to do what they love best.
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