Last fall I was fishing reds in coastal South Carolina with a young guide, and after having all the fun we could stand with jigs, we later switched to small live baits (little mullet) on Owner Mutu Light Circle Hooks....2/0 and 3/0. We were tossing the baits into open pockets in the grass-like weeds, and had a blast. True to their reputation with halibut and rockfish, these light circle hooks seemed to always hook up and ALWAYS in the lip/jawline. So, easy to release any fish requiring that or that we desired to release.
So...I am going to try them with mooching for salmon in PWS this summer....even though we keep whatever salmon we catch until we reach the limit...personally I believe that catch and release on salmon kills more than half of them, more if you are not extremely careful...but I am still hoping for these hooks to perform the same way, hooking the salmon in the jawline every time. Even though we are keeping them, it is so much faster and safer to remove a hook from the lip than one down in the gullet. Also, gullet hooked salmon can cut the leader with their fine teeth. And, for those of you that do catch and release, these should be the ticket to quicker hook remove and return of the fish to the water...you can't reach down and remove the hook while the fish remains in the water with a hook in the gullet, and those fish are destined to die anyway.
So...anyone already using circle hooks for salmon?