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Discussion in 'Channel Catfish' started by tnkatman, Oct 31, 2005.
Can Anyone Tell Me What Is A Good Size Circle Hook To Catch Channel Cats ? Is A 6/0 To Big ?
I use 5/0 -7/0 they work great.
I dont think you can go wonrg a a 6/0 Gammy Oct Circle for Channels
Thanks Everyone For Your Advice, Just Bought Me Some 6/0 Gamakatsu Octopus Circle Hooks, I Will Let You Know How They Work Out For Me.
I've landed a good number of 8-10# & one 14.12# on 0/4. I've used 0/6 and they worked well also.
i use the 6/0 gamakatsu octopus circle hooks. they work great for channels of any size. i like to use a fresh pice of bluegill, especially the head with it hooked between the eyes.
heck i catch 8 to 11 pound channels on 3/0 octopus circles.I think the size of the hook depends on the bait your using.
I depends on what size channels you're targeting. If you are going for big ones, use larger hooks such as 5/0 up to 8/0.
I like to use big hooks because they hook the jaw/corner of the mouth better and I put bigger bait on them so the small ones can't fit it in thier mouths. But remember always have plenty of exposed hook. Do not bury the hook in the bait.
your right on the $. i use 5/0 to 7/0 for channle catfishing on the lake. works great for me. i had tons of pic's on the old board in my pic section of channels caught on 5/0 to 8/0 circles from mustad to diachhi and gam's and eagleclaw.
here are some of my memories from the old site.
I've caught channels on #6 long shank offset mustad hooks when bluegill fishing. Most of the time, for cats, I use Gamatsu 2/0 octopus hooks or VMC 2/0 circles, also use kahles in #4 to 2/0. Most of my channels have been in the 2-5 lb range and have had no problem hooking up with these hook sizes. Of course, bigger hook means bigger baits.
I have never really try fishing with circle hooks. I have only caught one catfish on a circle hook, maybe I should try again.
I agree with using the correct size of hook according to the size of your bait. I'll use a 4/0 or 5/0 Gamakatsu circle hook with a 2" or 3" black perch. 6/0 or 7/0 with a 4" to 5". Typically I always use circles for blue cats and flathead...because I'll be releasing some...and the circle hook prevents mortal injuries by hooking them most times in the corner of the mouth. However if I'm fishing for channel...I'll be eating them nine times out of ten. In this case IMO nothing beats a #2 or #4 Excalibur rotating treble hook. Trebles also hold chicken liver or gar eggs on the hook better than any single hook will. The only thing is that the fish do swallow the hook alot and there's also alot of gill hooked fish. They will usually die from the wound. But if you're cleaning the fish anyway...it doesn't matter.
I've used 4/0 Circles with livers and dip baits for channels. Haven't used anything bigger while going after eaters.
I have caught alot of channels on 8/0 gama octopus circles while flathead fishing...If I am just targeting channels I will use 5-6/0 circles.
4-5-6/0 all work well for channles
I use Gamakatsu 4/0 to 6/0 Octopus circle .
i use 5/0 to 7/0 gamakatsu
Hey Catsforuandme...... That looks like a citation channel nice catch.
Hey CJ 21..... I use Gamakastsu Octopus circle hook from 5 - 8, ever since i
switched to them I've landed 90% of my fish, Its all in not setting the hook
you just keep tention, hold back on the rod and reel and its hooks them in the side jaw. I love them..
I use 4/0 or 5/0 for channels