The proper hook style will depend on what style of fishing you plan to be doing. If fishing in current with a tight line (from a boat), circles work well. If long lining from the bank, they don't. The Gamakatsu Octopus hooks work well, though I found that they didn't have the sharpness that I can get with a cheaper hook that I sharpen myself. Just like there are many styles of fishing, there are many styles of hooks. Try a couple out and see what you like. Just try to match the hook size to the size of fish you realistically will be catching. It's usually better to be on the small size rather than the big size, unlike what many anglers tend to do. 1/0 to 3/0 for channels, 4/0-10/0 for flatheads should be a good guideline.