First of all, i would like to thank everyone here, so much to learn...I lurked here for a couple of days before I decided to register. I cant believe I even waited that long. You guys are awesome. I just started catfishing this spring and I love it. I didnt get much other than about 1/2 lb channels before i joined, tonite I had one snap 10lb test because i was impatient, but i still loved it. Did I tell you guys that you are awesome? First of all, a couple questions about circle hooks. Tonite fishing I was using a standard j hook offset, of course, everytime I set the rod down, a fish would bite before I could pick it up. Put on a circle hook and let it do its magic. Got a nice one, for me anyway. Heres the questions, how do these work, just out of curiousity. Is there a technique in removing them? The one i hooked was hooked about halfway between the mouth and gills. For the life of me I couldnt get it out. Didnt hook all the way though either so I could figure out exactly what direction I needed to pull to get it out. Next question is about using bluegill. Once again, I need to give you all praise for saying that this is a great bait. I was using catfish charlies dough baits and caught quite a few in the 1/2 lb 1 lb range but wanted more. Tonite, I went and caught 6 blue gill and used one a cut bait. Awesome! Anyway, do you find that bluegill work better as cut bait or live. I assumed cut bait worked better. I cut it into about 1 inch pieces, starting behing the gills. I used the middle two sections with the guts first and caught fish. Tried the head and tail and nothing....Is this common? Are the guts the only good parts? Thats all I got for now.