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#1364237 - 06/11/09 08:29 PM circle hooks....
shhs37
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i just started using circle hooks for catfish below milltown dam near columbia. i caught one nice channel cat and missed alot of other bites. any suggestions will help.
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#1364246 - 06/11/09 08:35 PM Re: circle hooks.... [Re: shhs37]
trealtree
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Dont set the hook. When they bite let them take the slack out. Pick your rod up and when you feel the fish slowly sweep the rod to your side and reel at the same time.
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#1364525 - 06/12/09 07:18 AM Re: circle hooks.... [Re: trealtree]
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circles are not made to be jerked. a smooth sweep of the rod will do the trick or just pick up the slack and start reeling.
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#1364640 - 06/12/09 08:42 AM Re: circle hooks.... [Re: shhs37]
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Yea, what they said. Do NOT try and "set the hook." Just start reeling.
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#1364643 - 06/12/09 08:51 AM Re: circle hooks.... [Re: rsimms]
Camp
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 Originally Posted By: rsimms
Yea, what they said. Do NOT try and "set the hook." Just start reeling.


I understand they're not supposed to gut hook as easy with them but, once you got your technique down to resist jerking, is the hook up % any different from what you've noticed?

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#1365045 - 06/12/09 01:49 PM Re: circle hooks.... [Re: Camp]
Zeek
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I like them better about the same set to miss ratio but when they are hooked I dont lose many and dont have to dig them out of their bellies either
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