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Best circle hook for redfish #14015937 05/31/21 01:13 AM
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Finally making the transition to circle hooks and quickly found out there are many different types. Any recommendations on size, type and brand for redfish. I usually fish live shrimp on a Carolina rig and sometimes cut bait or dead shrimp.


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Re: Best circle hook for redfish [Re: carb] #14016109 05/31/21 04:35 AM
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We fish the surf at Matagorda and use 7/0 offset circle hooks for redfish. We fish cut bait and some live mullet, double drop leader with a 4oz. spider weight. Went a couple weeks ago and 4 of us caught 27 reds.

Re: Best circle hook for redfish [Re: carb] #14016129 05/31/21 06:30 AM
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I've had luck with the stainless steel 4/0 Gamakatsu. It seems to be plenty for bull reds as I've caught them with this hook, as well as numerous slots with live pinfish or mullet.


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Re: Best circle hook for redfish [Re: carb] #14016810 05/31/21 10:46 PM
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I use either 3/0 circle with live or dead shrimp. Gamakatsu makes a sharp hook so does Mustad (ultra point). But I've also caught plenty of reds and black drum off of academy brand too.


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Re: Best circle hook for redfish [Re: carb] #14017457 06/01/21 04:27 PM
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Great information thank you. I ordered some x1 strength circles with the offset points. I imagine that will be plenty strong. The x2 and x3 look like they would present quite a silhouette. Thoughts?


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Re: Best circle hook for redfish [Re: carb] #14018630 06/02/21 05:22 PM
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Glad you use a Carolina rig as Reds are Sinker Shy.. I use only fresh cut bait for Reds, live shrimp is too expensive for Reds.


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Re: Best circle hook for redfish [Re: V-Bottom] #14019758 06/03/21 06:37 PM
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Originally Posted by V-Bottom
Glad you use a Carolina rig as Reds are Sinker Shy.


I've caught hundreds of reds with a small piece of dead shrimp on a 1/4" lead head jig even in clear water. Also caught a bunch of them from the boat soaking shrimp on a knocker rig where the sinker sets right on top of the hook.

I have spooked them when the weight was too heavy and made a big splash when it hit the water but not from a visual aspect.


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