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#11712032 - 07/08/16 11:31 AM Circle hook help
Minnowkiller Offline
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Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 976
Loc: Alvarado, TX
Hey guys do any of y'all have a problem with your circle hooks hooking back into your baits and closing the gap? Was fishing behind a dam the other day for flatties and had a whole drum on for bait hooked through the eye sockets because of the current, had a nice run on it and picked it up applied pressure and felt his weight but the popped off, got the bait back in and the hook turned around and hooked in the drums forehead, had scrape marks all down his side as well-__- any way to remedy this situation? I'm using eagle claws 7/0 circles so I mean they aren't the smallest of hooks
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#11712109 - 07/08/16 12:05 PM Re: Circle hook help [Re: Minnowkiller]
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Registered: 05/20/10
Posts: 1764
Loc: CYBERTRON
Oh Dang Lee, you had a good one!!!!! roflmao roflmao roflmao Maybe throw on some of these 12 oughts and let em run for a good bit... I just ordered some myself...

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Gamakatsu-reg-Big-River-Bait-Hooks/702734.uts
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#11712138 - 07/08/16 12:23 PM Re: Circle hook help [Re: Minnowkiller]
mjmetro0719 Offline
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Registered: 10/25/02
Posts: 3745
Loc: saginaw,tx
I don't fish live bait very often but I do use large cut baits and I have had that happen to me before, especially while I was drifting. I picked up a tip on Catfish edge how to properly hook bait and the advice was to always hook the bait at an angle with as much as the hook gap exposed. I've done this method the past couple of years and very rarely do I have one flip back on my hook. As for live bait I've always hooked thru the lower lips or behind the dorsal fin. Is this the first time you encountered this issue or have you always hooked up with good success ratio hooking thru the eyes? It could be it was just one of those unusual things that happen at a bad time.
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#11712160 - 07/08/16 12:33 PM Re: Circle hook help [Re: Minnowkiller]
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Registered: 08/05/13
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Loc: DENTON TX
I go thru the bottom of lip and out the top of head.
and Man as much as you try you are sometimes going to get a fouled hook set..
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#11712310 - 07/08/16 01:41 PM Re: Circle hook help [Re: Minnowkiller]
Minnowkiller Offline
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Registered: 12/03/09
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I hook them through the eyes because it seems to keep them alive a lot longer but the problem is that it's kinda loose sitting there like the hook has wiggle room to move, I had to hook em in the front because of the current to keep them streamlined if I hooked them behind the dorsal they'd die and just pinwheel in the current, I'd figure that if you hooked em through the mouth then they wouldn't be able to breath? Idk I gotta figure something out, hitting it again tonight gunna try through the mouth, and Optimus my spot was right down the road from your house wink lol
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#11712475 - 07/08/16 03:31 PM Re: Circle hook help [Re: Minnowkiller]
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Registered: 05/20/10
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roflmao Cool!!! fish cheers
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#11712476 - 07/08/16 03:33 PM Re: Circle hook help [Re: Minnowkiller]
mjmetro0719 Offline
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Registered: 10/25/02
Posts: 3745
Loc: saginaw,tx
Try going thru the mouth and out of one of the nostrils, good luck and hope that big one bites again for ya!
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#11713602 - 07/09/16 11:51 AM Re: Circle hook help [Re: Minnowkiller]
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Registered: 01/31/16
Posts: 259
Loc: Lewisville Texas
For flat heads in current I've always hook em behind the dorsal fin...keeps em lively and they can point themselves in the right direction in current...make sure it's not too far down so as not to close the gap of the hook...going to have some fouled rigs no matter what.
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#11715127 - 07/10/16 12:35 PM Re: Circle hook help [Re: Minnowkiller]
LayBo Offline
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Registered: 02/12/16
Posts: 4
Try bending the hook to make it more offset, that way the gap isn't so in line with the eye of the hook

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#11715312 - 07/10/16 02:46 PM Re: Circle hook help [Re: Minnowkiller]
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Registered: 01/18/03
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Go to an 8 ought hook. It's only one size bigger than what you are using but just bumping up one size larger can make all the difference.
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#11716398 - 07/11/16 09:19 AM Re: Circle hook help [Re: Minnowkiller]
Big Sam Offline
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Registered: 08/20/08
Posts: 610
Loc: Arkansas
Get some team catfish double action 8/0 look at the shape of the hook's closely and compare to your EC..The shape of the TC keeps the bait where it belongs IMO. 2cents
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#11716717 - 07/11/16 11:27 AM Re: Circle hook help [Re: Minnowkiller]
Minnowkiller Offline
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Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 976
Loc: Alvarado, TX
Yeah I love TC hooks I'm just moving back down to Galveston this next weekend and didn't wanna invest for 1 week of catfishing lol
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#11717096 - 07/11/16 02:16 PM Re: Circle hook help [Re: Minnowkiller]
Big Sam Offline
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Registered: 08/20/08
Posts: 610
Loc: Arkansas

Ouch!! whip That one had to hurt.....



Originally Posted By: Minnowkiller
Yeah I love TC hooks I'm just moving back down to Galveston this next weekend and didn't wanna invest for 1 week of catfishing lol
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#11717437 - 07/11/16 05:55 PM Re: Circle hook help [Re: Big Sam]
Minnowkiller Offline
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Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 976
Loc: Alvarado, TX
Originally Posted By: Big Sam

Ouch!! whip That one had to hurt.....



Originally Posted By: Minnowkiller
Yeah I love TC hooks I'm just moving back down to Galveston this next weekend and didn't wanna invest for 1 week of catfishing lol

Them bull reds fight a little harder than these cats lol
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#11718380 - 07/12/16 09:34 AM Re: Circle hook help [Re: Minnowkiller]
Big Sam Offline
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Registered: 08/20/08
Posts: 610
Loc: Arkansas
cheers
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