I went fishing with a friend this weekend, at the same place that I caught a fifteen pound blue cat in July. I had recently switched to 8.0 circle hooks since I had lost what seemed like a few big fish lately. I was using frozen blue back herring tight lined on the bottom. My friend had caught a nice bass, a four and a half pound carp and a few bream, with me catching nothing so far. Being the wiseguy my buddy is, he walker over to my fishing pole and touched it, saying you'll catch something now. About 5 minutes later I got a light hit, I waited a second, then the pole bent over in the rod holder and nearly touched the water. The circle hook worked great, the fish hooked himself. I landed a 17 pound blue cat. The one in my Avatar Pic. I've caught two of my biggest catfish this year. Thanks for all the great advice and knowledge I gotten from this site. Now I'm hoping for a twenty pound monster.