Gamakatsu Octopus Circles vs King Kat Deep Sea Circles

Discussion in 'Terminal Tackle Review' started by H2O Mellon, Jan 19, 2006.

  1. H2O Mellon

    H2O Mellon New Member

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    I have never used the King Kat Deep Sea Circles but plan on giving them a shot this year. The 1st thing I noticed was the massive size difference between the two. Below is a picture that shows what I mean.

    The sizes of the King Kat Deep Sea's (Red Hooks) are: 15/0, 13/0 & 10/0
    The sizes of the Gama Ocopus's are: 8/0, 7/0 & 6/0.

    As you can tell the Gama 6/0 are bigger than the King Kat 10/0's. The Gama 8/0's are about the sam size as the King Kat 13/0's.

    You can prob tell the difference between in the thickness of the hooks too. The King Kat are 4 times as thick. I dont know if that is a pro or a con.

    Let me hear what you guys think.
     
  2. H2O Mellon

    H2O Mellon New Member

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    Here is another pic, this time in comparasion to Gama Reg Octopus hooks.
     

  3. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    I dont like the small gap between the hook point and the shank on the kingkats!
     
  4. dinkbuster1

    dinkbuster1 New Member

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    good god them's some big hooks! those king cats are no doubt 3-4x strong hooks meant for trotts/limblines. id say "con" on those red ones, all the weight from the hook would keep your bait pinned down on the bottom. i myself like my live baits to move around a lot. who carrys those king cats?
     
  5. BIG GEORGE

    BIG GEORGE New Member

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    I think there needs to be some standardization in the circle hook industry! LOL!
     
  6. H2O Mellon

    H2O Mellon New Member

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    Yes Dink I agree, prob not a good idea w/ live bait. What what about cut shad & and cut skip?
     
  7. Rivercat1

    Rivercat1 New Member

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    I used Gamakatsu for 4 years now and have not had any promblems with them. I fish a lot of tournments and all the pros use them and say they would never use any thing else.
     
  8. dinkbuster1

    dinkbuster1 New Member

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    your right on that one! one companys 5/0 is anothers 9/0 and yet anothers 15/0! thankfully catfish connection prints all their hooks "actual size".
     
  9. rockbass

    rockbass New Member

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    I did look at the king Kat hooks my last trip to Cabela's. I do want to get some to try out, but I can't help but love my Gammies:rolleyes: ;)
     
  10. BKS72

    BKS72 New Member

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    Flathunter, I'm with you. I've got a pack gathering rust in my tacklebox somewhere. I thought the gap looked a little narrow in the store, but with bait on them, it's even worse. I tied one one, baited it, saw that, and cut it off and tied a Gama back on. I do like that they're a lot heavier, but I don't think the narrow gap would let them hook up nearly as well as the Gamas.
     
  11. Flamekeeper

    Flamekeeper New Member

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    I've used the Gama,Oct's #2-4's for channels/ 6-7's for blues and 7-9s for Flatheads going on 10 plus years and never went back or even thought of using another hook,

    I just dont feel comfortable letting a 20-40# blue or flathead swim off slowly waiting for the hook to slide around a lip and set itself , if it dont slide out of its mouth first. with the Gama's the fish takes the bait you set the hook after a small run of a ft,or two. Set ,crank'em in. imo.
     
  12. jim

    jim New Member

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    Jack totally agree about the gap.I have seen numbers of large cats caught on the Daiichi Circle Chunk Lights.To me this is the circle of choice simply because it has a much bigger gap.It is the preferred hook above all others for one James River guide and he catches more plus 50 fish in a month than the rest of us have in a lifetime.Bryan they are also light enough for live bait.I don't use circles I use Kahles 7/0 but the Daiichis are what I would use.They are expensive though.