I tried circle hooks breifly last year, but I think I was using to small of a hook - 6/0 Gamma. I had a good run once and rod loaded up good. I lost the fish and when I reeled my gill back in, the hook point was stuck in the gill, so I quit using them. My scenario: I have a pontoon I fish from in the local lake. I stay out on the boat and fish all night when I go, usually from 7pm to 7am. Sometimes I have trouble staying awake all night and I sack out if I get tired. I want to give the circles another shot, particularly while I am sleeping. I was going to try some 8/0 gammas. I thought I would leave my reel engaged with the clicker on and drag backed off my normal setting just a bit. That way if I get a run, the clicker will wake me and the line should still have enough tension to set the hook but not snap. Would this work? Another question. I have some 9/0 king kahles coming in. Will these work the same way as the circles in the above situation? I've never used them before and from what I understand you can set the hook as well as fish them like circles. I just started fishing for Flats the last couple of months of last season and I didn't catch one. I'm devoting all of my time this year to Flats. I just need to get the first one under my belt. I guess I did catch a 35lb Flat about 8 years ago, but I wasn't tring to at the time, so I don't count that one. Sorry for the long wind and thanks.