Circle hooks and baiting them?

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by vandellchuck, Jul 23, 2007.

  1. vandellchuck

    vandellchuck New Member

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    im wanting to experament with circle hooks. but im not too sure what size of a hook to use for my bait. il be useing small to medium shad, and 3-5" shad. Can i get any help?
     
  2. tspergin

    tspergin New Member

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    use whatever size hook that will leave the gap open and tip exposed good normally I use from 7/0 to 12/0 gamagatsu octopus circles depending on the size of the bait over 8/0 I use owner hooks
     

  3. PhillyCatcatcher4

    PhillyCatcatcher4 New Member

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    When using circles I only go with OWNERS SSW Needle points.The#1 circles in the land!!!:0a22:
     
  4. BKS72

    BKS72 New Member

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    I use 8/0 Gama Octo circles, only because I can't find them bigger. Tspergin, where are you finding the 12/0 Gama circles? Thanks,

    Branden
     
  5. tspergin

    tspergin New Member

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  6. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    The one good thing about catfishing is catfish are not hook shy, especially flatheads. Dont be afraid to use the larger 8/0 Gamakatsu Octopus Circles, or the Daiichi 7/0 Circle Chunk Lights. When ever choosing circles, make sure you get the wide gaps, (wider distance between the point and the shank). After hooking your baitfish, check and pick off any scales that are stuck on the point of the hook. You want as much as the point exposed as possible.
     
  7. jedt

    jedt New Member

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    3-5" shad definately go with an 8/0. You can you as low as 5/0 if you have smaller baits.
     
  8. kkyyoottee

    kkyyoottee New Member

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    Thanks for the question and thanks to all those who gave us new information to try!!!