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I like to use Gamakatsu Octopus circle 8/0 when I'm fishing for blue cats, because they usually load the pole quickly. I keep my drag set kind of loose. I also like to use King Kahle 10/0 when I use larger bait. Both of these hooks are very sharp! I think that circle hooks take some of the guess work out of when to set the hook. I still set the hook when I use circles, but it's a slower, gradual motion.
 

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I swear by them. I believe if I hadn't had been using a circle hook, there is no way I would have brought in that 22 pound flathead on a tiny bass rod and reel with 12 pound line. They set like no other hook, you should give them a try, you'll be hooked....no pun intended!
 

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Since I switched to them 2 years ago my "hook-up" ratio has went way up. They take some getting used to, but once you do I think you will be happy with the results. BTW I only use Gamakatsu Octopus Circles in the 8/0 size. Hope this helps!
 

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I just started to use them, and trying to get over not setting the hook:embarassed:
Nothing to be embarassed about.

My oldest son, Steve, can't use circle hooks - at the first little peck on a rod, he snatches up that rod and barely waits for the next tug before he tries to set the hook. As for me, I'm totally laid back (or totally lazy) and can wait for the rod to be fully loaded before I pick it up. It ook me 59 years to become so laid back (Lazy), so you should have plenty of time to learn. I'm usually not so long winded, but I felt like talking today. Sorry.

Have a nice day.
 

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hi well circle hooks seem to work well and get em right in the corner of the mouth but i have noticed you dont need to set your hook like a regular one just let em run and then pick her up and gently tug i am going to lake texoma this weekend and using some 13/0 circles and i will let you know how i do after the 30th when i get back
 

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hi well circle hooks seem to work well and get em right in the corner of the mouth but i have noticed you dont need to set your hook like a regular one just let em run and then pick her up and gently tug i am going to lake texoma this weekend and using some 13/0 circles and i will let you know how i do after the 30th when i get back
Ok sure apprecate it.
 

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ADAM, CIRCLE HOOKS ARE GREAT. THE ONE THING THAT YOU CAN'T DO IS FISH ONE POLE WITH A REGULAR HOOK AND ONE WITH A CIRCLE HOOK BECAUSE YOU WILL FIND YOURSELF SETTING THE HOOK ON BOTH AND YOU CAN;T DO THAT WITH CIRCLE HOOKS BECAUSE YOU WILL PULL THE HOOK OUT OF THEIR MOUTH. SOME DAYS YOU WILL FIND THAT THE FISH WILL BITE VERY LIGHT AND YOU WILL HAVE TO GO BACK TO A REGULAR HOOK.OTHER THAN THAT THE CIRCLE HOOKS ARE GREAT. THANKS FOR THE POST. RAY
 
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