These are ways I find circle hooks work well for me. I hope this helps some to understand better how circle hooks work in different styles of fishing. 1st fishing them on bottom with slip rigs on a tight line: wait until the rod is loaded "steady bend" pick rod up and apply slight pressure and begin to reel while keeping rod tip up. This is usually done when using rod stands or holders. 2nd Fishing them on bottom with slack line: When line starts moving out pick up rod and slowly reel in the slack until you feel the fish then give a slight sidewards sweep of the rod and start reeling. This is a good way to fish them in times where you don't have a rod stand and for those that like to keep the rod in hand. 3rd Fishing them with a fixed or slip bobber rig: when bobber goes under slowly reel in the slack until you feel the fish then give a slight sidewards sweep of the rod and start reeling. Remember just because the bobber has gone under the water don't mean the hook is set. Always leave the point of the hook clear,never inbed it in the bait. Make sure the bait don't close the gap in the hook,size your bait to the hook size. The most important things to remember is NEVER set the hook like you would with a J hook. If there is some part of this you don't understand just ask and I'll try to clear it up.