I am the kind of guy who when something works for me I dont change it . I been catfishing for 34 years and have always used J hooks or treble hooks depending on the bait I am using . Well even old hard headed fools like myself can learn new things . This year I tried different lines , baits and circle hooks . I caught alot more bigger fish this year doing so . Who knows next year I may become a river fisherman using big hooks and live bait ...lol . I owe it to the b.o.c. for helping me change to bigger and better things . I still use the stick/dip bait but will always have a pole set up with cut bait from now on . Also in my land of never changing things I used sonnies dip bait since 1999 and tried secret 7 this year and now I am hooked on the stuff .