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John you might want to start with 5/0 and go up to 8/0 depending on the size of bait your using. If you want to stay with owner hooks I would recommend model numbers 5111 and 5311. They are expensive, but good hooks. Hope this helps you out.
 

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I usually use from 2/0 - 10/0 Khales and 'J''s. I match my hook to the size of my bait. Never tried circles yet, I like setting the hook myself...:smile2:
 

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I never used bass pro shop circles. I have used Eagle Claw Lazer Sharps and Gamakatsu's. I fish anywhere from 3/0 to 8/0 depending what I am using. 3/0 works good for those dinky little shad and for cut bait, 8/0 seems to be wonderful as well.
 

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You might want to try these hooks out instead.

http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_-1_10001_8066_100010002_100000000_100010000_100-10-2

The reason why I say that is because you can get them in a bigger size. When you start using cut carp for bait you tend to want a bigger hook then a 2/0. You want that hook point exposed so you can get good hook penetration.

To answer rich-online question. You want the business end of the hook exposed. You want that point clear and free of any obstruction. Such as a scale or any debris.
 

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I would have to recommend using 8/0-10/0 circles if I were gonna use circle hooks. I prefer King Kahle hooks myself. rspd507
 

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John, you haven't said what you are fishing for. With the size bait you mentioned you could be going for could be channels (I suspect with the use of chicken liver) or big blues (you are in a good area for that).

For channel cats up to 3-8 lbs, I recommend the Gamakatsu (brand matters with these hooks) 6/0 octopus circle with offset. For channels 5-15lbs I recommend 8/0 Gamakatsu.

If you want to "set" the hook, 10/0 King Kahles are good, Gamakatsu 10/0 Octopus are good.

Good luck and welcome to the BOC.

Shawn
 

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Shawn has the right idea. Couldn't have said it better. Circle hooks the lazy mans hook.... I use 8-10/0.
 

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baiting up 2-3" inch thick/3-4 inch long pieces of cut carp,
John Bait that size, 8/0 or bigger. What type and size rod and reel are you using.
 

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baiting up 2-3" inch thick/3-4 inch long pieces of cut carp,
John Bait that size, 8/0 or bigger. What type and size rod and reel are you using.
20 lb test open face reel, 7 foot rod, thank's for all the responses, i just wanted to know which one i should order off the link cuz i don't know how the number size of the hooks correlate to the actual size, usually i just go to the store and see the size i want and buy it, not really paying attention to the labled size.
 

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If you are still confused about what size you'll get for what you order. Get ahold of Catfish Connection and order their catalog for 2 bucks. Every hook they sell has an "actuall size" picture of the hook on the page. Don't be shy about bigger hooks just cause you haven't used them yet. I can catch squealer channels on 10/0 gammakatsu octopus hooks. The smallest gammas I use for channels is an 8/0. I personally don't use circles just the J-hooks. But Gamma makes both kinds, plus kahle hooks. The main reason I use Gamma hooks is they are super strong (won't straighten easily) and second they come out of the package sharp enough to go thru bone lol.
 
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