smaller cat circle hooks

Discussion in 'Terminal Tackle Review' started by scoby, Mar 22, 2018.

  1. scoby

    scoby Member

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    I jug fish on a local lake that generally produces channel and blue cats in the 2 to 3 lb. range. I am fixing to switch my noodle jugs to circle hooks. Our local Wal-mart doesn't have much selection on circle hooks and every time I have ordered hooks online they aren't quite the size I thought they were. Can someone point me to a good "thin wire" circle hook that would fill this bill.
     
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  2. twaskom

    twaskom Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    scabby, I like Gamakatsu hooks. Sizes seem to be what I think they should be and they are sharp. I get them for a good price from eBay. I would think with what you are fishing for, a 4/0 or 5/0 would be right. Others may like something different and that is what makes the world go round.

    A good habit would be to always check your point sharpness on tour thumb nail. A very sharp hook is especially important for jugs.

    A good catalog to get is from Catfish Connection. It shows hooks as well as other terminal tackle at actual size so makes a great reference.

    tight lines
     
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  3. scoby

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    thanks, twaskom. I will check them out.
     
  4. twaskom

    twaskom Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I am planning to do a little cat fishing in TN this coming weekend. Please don't over feed them before I get there.:wink1:
     
  5. MattTheFlatCatKid

    MattTheFlatCatKid Well-Known Member

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    I'll try to find the link later but there is a nice selection on Amazon . 150 circle hooks for ten bucks. Sizes range from 1 to 5/0 they look like gamas octo circles.
     
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  6. Big Sam

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    your local wal-mart should have team catfish brand hooks from 5/0 to 8/0 ours does and there under 3 dollars
     
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  7. JHB51

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    I purchased some Team Catfish 5/0 hooks at Wal Mart today. Across the isle they had Eagle Claw the TC size 5/0 matched up to 8/0 in EC. So much for standardization of sizes. This is not the first time I have run into this.
     
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  8. scoby

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    that's what I have ran into ordering them
     
  9. twaskom

    twaskom Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    If you saying there is no standards in the sizing of hooks,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,your right. If I am looking at them at the store, it is not a problem because I know about what actual size I wan, no matter what number the stick on it. It is when you are wording them that you can get screwed up.

    The power and action of a rod is almost the same.

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  10. eastforker

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    Each brand seems to have there own size. I wish they told you gap size and length in a measurement. Online sites should have the hook being measured with a ruler or calipers, otherwise I just use the https://www.catfishconnection.com/Store/Details/CATALOG/AAACATALOG/CATALOG/2018-CATALOG/ catalog for actual sizes of hooks and then order based on that usually who ever has free shipping.
    I just ordered these from Amazon, 85 small circle hooks from size 2/0 to 5/0 these are tiny hooks but 85 hooks for $5.46 and a little hook box seemed like a good deal. Had to spend $25 dollars to get the deal so I got some other tackle I needed.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B...c-0c54-57d3-8daf-ac07425fc169&pf_rd_i=3409951
     
  11. Blade4130

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    If your only going for 2 and e pound cats? I would use a 3/0 or a 4/0 hook
     
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  12. MattTheFlatCatKid

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    The ones I found on Amazon has a chart with gap size height and length for each size.
     
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  13. scoby

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    This is exactly what I have ran into before, that's why I don't like ordering them.
     
  14. wadekaminski

    wadekaminski Well-Known Member

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    The Joy's of ordering online... what you expect vs what you get. What I ordered, what I got, compared to the same size hook from a different manufacturer.

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  15. BBK

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    Those two hooks look the same size to me, just one is a double action circle hook and the other a sickle octopus. Two totally different hooks, but the gap and shank length looks the same.
     
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  16. BBK

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    2-3lb fish, a 5/0 or 6/0 octopus circle should do it just fine. I like gamas and ebay hooks personally, hate team catfish/daiichi
     
  17. wadekaminski

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    Manufacturers website shows a turned up eye... actual hook has a straight eye.
     
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  18. BBK

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    Where did you buy them? Were they retail package or bulk? Tk11 all have turned eyes