I went fishing this afternoon and I had several really good bites. Here's the picture... I was at a steam plant where the catfishing is always really good. I was at the top of the dam and fishing the tailwaters straight out. I was using live shad for bait. There were a few others using liver and other baits but not having as good as bites as I was. My rig I had a 1 1/2oz flat sinker (which looks like a pancake), then a small plastic bead, followed by the barrel swivel. My 24" leader was tied to the barrel swivel which was then tied to a 2/0 Eagle Claw Razor Sharp Circle hook. Here are the two things I am questioning. This is the first time I have used the Circle hook and I am not to familiar with it. I was under the impression that the hook is self setting but it never really set when it got the good bites. The other thing I am questioning is the way to hook the shad. I tried several different ways, through the tail, through the eyes, just in front of the dorsal fin and just behind. Then as a last resort I got so frustrated that I hooked the thing like I was threading a needle. Everytime I checked the bait after getting the good bites and trying to set the hook, it was gone So the two questions 1)Am I using the right hook? 2)what is the right way to bait the shad on the hook? Any BOC Brothers willing to give some advice would be great help! Thanks, Nick "TNBIGCAT" or maybe "TN-NO-CAT"