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Discussion in 'Terminal Tackle Review' started by jerellman, May 27, 2006.
I was wondering, do octopus work as good as they look?
They work better than they look. They are the best hooks made. I have close to 400 fish this year that can attest to that!!
They are my favorite hook for trolling for trout and salmon. Havnt used them much for cats but when I did they work great.
Thats all I use 8,9,and 10/0. Sharp and strong, And If you look around you can find them at a decent price. I have'nt had any problems with them rusting in my box either.
what is the difference performance wise between the octopus and the circle ?
do both require the exact technique to set hook?
and what advantages does one have useing one over the other??
I am with WylieCat. With octopus hooks, and assuming that I am not using a line that has an incredible amount of stretch (spiderwire monofilament), every time that I use an octopus hook, I hook the fish all the way through the skin just to the back of the lower lip bone. This basically means that the hook has gone through one of the toughest parts of the fish, and the fish is being pulled by a bone. This also means that the fish is NOT coming off. I have never guthooked anything but a bullhead with them, and you can do that with anything. Circle hooks I have, though, such as a nice 17 pounder that I caught. I think they work SO much better than circles, personally.
Tey are the best hooks out.
I have to agree with the others...My favorite hook of all time to use here at the lake with shad is the 8/0 Gama Octopus...they are extremely effective. Trying out Kahles now but so far the Octopus hook is still my favorite. Fishing in this BOC 2006 Summer Smash Tournament the fish I weighed in basically hooked itself on an Eagle Claw 7/0 Octopus hook. I am not saying they are the best hook because everyone has different opinions...but it certainly is a must have in your tackle box.:big_smile:
I tried circles last year with little success. Tried them this year and did better thanks to BOC....but as far as I am concerned the effectiveness in hookup between circles and the regular octopus doesn't compare..I know there are some out there who DO swear by circles but I am not one of them...guess I like setting the hook myself(even though I have had fish hook themselves on the Octopus also, but then I keep my hooks sharp!)....JMHO:confused2:
I use both octopus and circle hooks. For most outings i like circle better. The reason i like them better is because a circle hook, especially one with an offset eye, has a pivot point much closer to the end of the hook. ANY hook will come out if pressure is applied on it's pivot point. But with circles this is almost impossible to do because it is so far away from where the line is tied. Therefore i have less fish come off (also have a better hookup ratio personally). But i use octopus when either fishing open water for blues or when the fish are not biting hard and a hookset is required.
I totally love octopus hooks, in my experienc you can let fish load up on them just like a circle hook. You can also go old school and set the hook if you like.
what size do you use
I agree with Ken, Thats all I ever use driftfishing, The Gamakatsu-Octopus-Circle from 4/0--8/0 . I have a close friend that guides at santee, last year his guide service , boated over 9-ton of catfish with the same hook.........
i fish the Ohio river only and i fish for blues only ...BIG blues...and in deep water .....with a 3-6 oz sinker...tight line....i have found either hooks work well....i seldom lost a large fish....as they hook them self ....i only reach for the rod when its bent over....using live shad hooked in the tail or eyes...most of the time i am in 40-60 ft of water in a sharp bend in the river with the current ....anchored...but everyone has their own way of fishing but i like both hooks
8/0 Wide gap for me love them, havent yet set the hook and not felt the bend of the rod havent missed any fish this year. i use the stainless steel ones.....
Thanks to Cliff for posting this and for you guys responding. I got alot of info from it concerning octopus hooks.
I have used them for years but haven't caught a single octopus. I will keep trying.
Danny, keep trying, but i think your putting your bait on back-erds, or maybe upside-down-erds.
Good Post! I was just wondering I do alot of drift fishing fof channel cat and usually use Kahaly hooks and some times the cats bite short I mean they really bang the bait and I don't get the hook set. My question is then do you feel that the Octopus Circles would work better than Kahaly, and would the hook up percentage be higher? thanks Bigcatman0816.