First time using circles! Muskingum 8-18-09

Discussion in 'OHIO RIVERS TALK' started by Wanderlei, Aug 19, 2009.

  1. Wanderlei

    Wanderlei New Member

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    Well I thought I'd give them a run and see how i do. As well as using cut bait for flatties even though they only eat live.:wink:(Big Ups to Flathunter) After having a hell of a time just getting some shad worth using I fished from 8:30 to midnight. I caught 4 channels a leatherback and this little guy on a gill head!!! which is my 2nd Flattie and biggest. God I love these fish. He about yanked my pole in the river. I didn't have my clicker on because I thought you didn't while using circles. All fish and turtles were CPR'd.
     

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  2. WhoJosh

    WhoJosh New Member

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    Nice fish. Them circles work real good fo cats.
     

  3. Catfish_Scooter

    Catfish_Scooter New Member

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    Nice flat man! REPS for sharing..
     
  4. JBrooks

    JBrooks New Member

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    Nice catches. And tight lining with circle hooks is the best method.
     
  5. TheRiverRat

    TheRiverRat New Member

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    yea you hook alot more fish tightlining the circles rather than free spool........RAT
     
  6. JBrooks

    JBrooks New Member

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    The only downside to using circles from a bank is you more than likely don't have the appropriate angle. It's said a 45 degree angle is best for circle sets to load themselves properly. Most people on the bank just use stick or cinder blocks to hold their rods up. I've missed quite a few on the bank, so I'm making my own rod holders really soon.

    Also going back to JHooks on one of the poles. I got to load into a good sized flathead last night, and he took me into a snag ... again. :embarassed: He's done it to 3 other people too, can't wait until one of us land him and get all of our hooks back. :D


    / James
     
  7. catfisherman369

    catfisherman369 Floyd

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    Nice fish.
     
  8. Catmanblues

    Catmanblues New Member

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    Welcome to the BOC! Thanks for the post an pics congrats!
     
  9. luckey wade

    luckey wade New Member

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    Good Job Keep on fishing
     
  10. tbull

    tbull New Member

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    So put some swimming trunks on and go grab him and get your tackle back! :smile2::wink:
     
  11. snakeman76

    snakeman76 New Member

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    The BOC turned me to circles and my catch ratio is a lot better congradulations:wink::cool2:
     
  12. smoothkip25

    smoothkip25 New Member

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    Congrats on your personal best Flat. I cant make the switch to circles, settin the hook is part of the fun!
     
  13. loanwizard

    loanwizard Well-Known Member

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    You don't have to lose your rod to use circles. Fish tight line with the clicker on and loosen your drag so the rod won't come off the rod holder.
     
  14. JBrooks

    JBrooks New Member

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    Couldn't pay me enough to get in that water, bro. You know me. :smile2::smile2:
     
  15. SURFPREP

    SURFPREP New Member

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    James, I only bank fish and use exclusively use circle hooks. Just switched this year. I have a rod holder that looks like a sping that sticks right in the ground. I point my rod straight up and been landing a lot of cats. My buddy uses regular hooks. I am out-catching him 10:1 this year on the Ohio River.

    Been fishing with him for 50 years and this is the first year that I have out-fished him. He also uses the old style fork from tree limbs for a rod holder. I think that may be hurting him also.
     
  16. Wanderlei

    Wanderlei New Member

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    Yeah right! I 've had to wade in a couple times to get my cast net back.
     
  17. JBrooks

    JBrooks New Member

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    BPS sells those rod holders. Too bad they're not wide enough to hold a Tiger Rod or I'd have them.

    Circle hooks need tension to load up. Using a forked stick as a holder is either going to flip over to the side, or the pole will start dragging into the water. There's no resistance there for the fish to hook himself.

    When I use cinder blocks as rod holders, I have no problem. I think I have yet to catch a fish when I'm using a stick as a rod holder. I guess this is something to really think about.


    / James