What kinda hooks do you use for flathead catfish?

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by balddaddy91, Mar 16, 2006.

  1. balddaddy91

    balddaddy91 New Member

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    which is better the kale hook or circle hook to use for flatheads
     
  2. JAinSC

    JAinSC Active Member

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    Can't tell you which is "better," but personally, I like Kahles better. For standard 4 to 7 inch sunfish (hooked in the nose), I use 2/0 through 5/0 kahles snelled to a 50 pound leader.
     

  3. SangamonCatKiller

    SangamonCatKiller New Member

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    Any hook, that doesn't have the syllables circ -or- le
     
  4. Doyle

    Doyle New Member

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    I bought me some circle hooks the last time I was in Walmart. I am going to put them on as soon as I look through the library about tieing the leader. I don't think hooks make a big difference. I hear you don't have to set a circle hook but I would think it wouldn't hurt if you did. After a fish has made my pole jump, I haven't lost that many fish
     
  5. brinley45cal

    brinley45cal Active Member

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    I like kahles myself,i just started trying to use circles and today i went fishing and thats all i used was circles and i didnt get one hook up and that was letting them load the rod first.Im not sure if they were just small fish or what but today they sure didnt get the job done,i think ill stick with the kahles.
     
  6. bobsmitter03

    bobsmitter03 New Member

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    so do you get more hook sets whith the khale hooks?
     
  7. Damian_Storm

    Damian_Storm New Member

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    i myself like to use kahles for liver and cut bait but, i use octopus circles from 6/0 to 10/0 for gills and other live bait...
     
  8. tnkatman

    tnkatman New Member

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    I Like Kahle Hooks The Best, I Have A Better Hook Up Ratio With Kahles Than Circles.
     
  9. barbel

    barbel New Member

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    Gamakatsu octopus (8/0 - 10/0) and (recently) Gamakatsu Big River hooks. They are great for live bait, I think. Great construction. Big River hooks are really built for the bigger fish too.

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  10. catfishermanj

    catfishermanj New Member

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    I like kahles myself over circles. The one ime I gave circles a chance, it just so happened I came across a group of walleye that liked my cut bait that night. We could not hook up with the circles, we then switched to kahles and J-hooks and started hooking up. That is when we realized we were getting hits from walleye.

    I'm thinking of using circles this year on jugs and limblines. I plan on doing a lot of scouting this year and I think I may have a better chance of hooking up with the circles.
     
  11. bluecatnut

    bluecatnut New Member

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    Gamakatsu octopus circle hooks 10/0
     
  12. JimF

    JimF New Member

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    Eagle Claw..Live Bait hooks, Heavy wire 9/0
     
  13. SwiftWater

    SwiftWater New Member

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    I've tried both circle and kahles hooks. I prefer the Gamakatsu Octopus 9/0. They work better for my style of fishing.
     
  14. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    I have caught a fair number of flatheads on 8/0 gamagatsu octopus cirlces..But I have also lost a few big fish thanks to them..I bought some 8/0 king kahles to try this year.
     
  15. Pennsylvaniacatchaser

    Pennsylvaniacatchaser Well-Known Member

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    I like the Kahle hooks. I used them exclusively last year with good results. I intend to make them my hook of choice again in 2006. I will however give circle hooks a try under certain conditions just to see if maybe I like them also!
     
  16. howards

    howards Member

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    You will jerk the hook out the the catfish mouth if you try to pull on it..ben there and done that.
     
  17. maddcatter

    maddcatter New Member

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    In all honesty, I don't believe you can go wrong with either. I haven't ever lost a fish with circles, but if they are just tapping the bait, you can't do much about it. Kahles can work like the circle but you can also set the hook with them.
     
  18. tncatfishing

    tncatfishing New Member

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    I use alot of different hooks, but prefer tru-turn and circle hooks from size 7/0 to 10/0. Just try different styles until you find what works best for you.
     
  19. Bross

    Bross New Member

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    I use circles for one reason. I always practice catch and release. Before circles came out, sometime I would gut hook a cat. It would just kill me:crying:

    I never meant a catfishman I did not like!
     
  20. FlatGetter

    FlatGetter New Member

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    I have used kahle for channels but not flatheads. I've tried circle hooks and had no good results. But I know that the kahles work like circles.