Circle hook

Discussion in 'Channel Catfish' started by Wallbass, Aug 14, 2007.

  1. Wallbass

    Wallbass New Member

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    Hey guys
    Whats the best size Gamakatzu Circle hook for 11/2 to 4 pound Channels in your opinion??.............Thanks Jeff
     
  2. tnkatman

    tnkatman New Member

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    I'd probably use a 4/0 or 5/0 octopus circle.
     

  3. BKS72

    BKS72 New Member

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    Same here, Tnkat. I did pick up some Mustad circles in about 6/0 that I'm starting to use more and more for channels. The gap on them isn't quite as wide as on Gamas and so far that seems to be helping the channels get them in their mouths a little better. The only thing is they're inline so I give them an offset before I use them. Good Luck!

    Branden
     
  4. JKeeney20

    JKeeney20 New Member

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    I been using 3/0 so that I can catch those smaller 1-2lb fish also....depends if you want to catch more or bigger....I have caught some 10+ channels on the 3/0 though....but like theses guys said, probably 5/0 for the larger ones...guess its all about what size your targeting!
     
  5. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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    The 3/0 - 4/0 will work fine for the smaller channel cats. I actually tied up some drift rigs for the smaller cats today with 3/0 hooks.
     
  6. fishinjunky

    fishinjunky Member

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    i find that 2/0 is about perfect for 1-10 pound fish just because it keeps the real small ones off and is powerful enough to tangle with the bigger ones with out straightening. get any smaller and i be worried about getting straightened.
     
  7. ChrisC.729

    ChrisC.729 New Member

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    i use 6/0 gamakatsu octopus circles, they work fine too
     
  8. King Flats W'loo

    King Flats W'loo New Member

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    i use 4/0 but find that 3/0 is better
     
  9. King Flats W'loo

    King Flats W'loo New Member

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    how much of and offset you set on the size 6/0?
     
  10. neocats

    neocats New Member

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    I like the 5/0 Daiichi circles
     
  11. lebeaux

    lebeaux New Member

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    I gauge that depending on the size of bait I'm using. I've caught plenty of small channels on big circle hooks. As long as your bait doesn't get in your hook gap you'll b o k.
     
  12. LandsCats

    LandsCats New Member

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    I use 5/0 eagleclaw circles. Doesn't seem to matter on ht elittle ones and they really hold the big ones. If you really looking for the bigger fish and you are going with a bigger biat I would go up to an 8/0. Good luck and tight lines
     
  13. dust777man

    dust777man New Member

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    I would use 4/0 hooks for that size. You could even go bigger and it would work. I've used 7/0 and 8/0 circle hooks and had 2-3 lb fish on them.
     
  14. John(Bullhead)Hagen

    John(Bullhead)Hagen New Member

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    :smile2: 5/0 Dianichi circle finness they have a offset
     
  15. Guns & Cockpits

    Guns & Cockpits New Member

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    I seem to have the best luck with a 4/0 Gakamatsu. Never had a need to offset them, but I've also never tried it. I may just do that this weekend, and see if I don't get some improved results. Thanks for the suggestions!
     
  16. LiquidSteel

    LiquidSteel New Member

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    I use a size 4 with a chunk of hotdog, that has been soaking in a "secret" recipe in a mason jar for several days. I still:embarrassed_2: have to tell myself to not pull that rod out of the holder....
    But when I dont, it works!

    P.S.
    PM me, and Ill give ya the "secret" recipe!:wink:
     
  17. FATFLATTIE

    FATFLATTIE New Member

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    I typically use 6/0 circles for channel cats except for when I'm fishing with liver. It seems that the curved point of the hook tears the liver and it flings off/is nibbled off to easily. I usually use J-hooks for liver. I think a 6/0 should fit in about any cat's mouth that you wanna catch. Good luck and rip some lips!
     
  18. carpdoctor

    carpdoctor New Member

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    Do u guys use the gammi offset hooks or the in-line ones. What amout the hook eyes, straight or angled?
     
  19. Diego

    Diego New Member

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    For cats that size I'd use 1/0 hooks baited with threaded nightcrawlers. No need to go any bigger than that.
     
  20. bigblaze

    bigblaze New Member

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    I would stay with a smaller hook for the size of the fish you are describing...say in between 3/0-5/0...

    I use the gammi circles as well.... one bad thing about the circles is big hook little fish....and more than likely the cat will loose his eyeball.....

    i have had this happen on numerous occasions....just the design of the circle hook to go through the corner of the mouth well on the little ones thats their eyeball...

    good luck...