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    Recently I saw a couple large circle hooks that the hook it self was not straight and bent to one side? Any one know if these hooks have a better hooking ratio? Been halibut fishing for years and this is the first time I've seen a hook like this. Are the sold this way of do you bend them your self?

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    Those are called offset hooks, jury is out on which design has a better hooking percentage...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mn_man View Post
    Those are called offset hooks, jury is out on which design has a better hooking percentage...
    The comercial fleet has been almost 100% circle hook for along time. I wonder why.

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    I've been bending my hooks to the side for years,I think it helps some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anonymous1 View Post
    The comercial fleet has been almost 100% circle hook for along time. I wonder why.
    He wasn't asking about cirle hooks per se; he was asking about OFFSET circle hooks. Are you in the know whether the comm guys use those? BTW, the reason circles have been used for years by the commercial industry has to do with there being no need to "set" hooks; a useful feature for set lines.

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    Good question. I wish I new this answer.
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    Offset circle hooks offer a much better hook up ratio. The size of the gap of the circle hook increases when the hook is offset, essentially making a bigger mouse trap.

    In circle hook only billfish touranment and circle hook pelagic longline fisheries there are strict limits on offsetting hooks because it increases mortality.

    Increasing mortality is exactly what we try to do halibut fishing.

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    Well AKcapt just sold me on offset.
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    What size do must people here use? I like the 16/0
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    AKCAPT is right about the circle hooks he's the one that showed me.
    Remember that if you are off setting your own hooks, to off set them the way the hook point is pointing. If you offset them "backwards" your hook up percentage will probably be worse than if you hadnt off set the hook at all.

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    Be so wich way are you bending it I'm confused.

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    Thanks for all the information, looks like I have another little winter project. Should you heat them with a blow torch then bend them or use brute force? & Stickle Back what are you refering to you confused me on your post.

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    Don't use a torch on your hooks, you'll ruin the hardness, which means the point won't stay sharp, and you run the risk of a big fish straightening the hook.

    Clamp the hook in a vise and use a pair or pliers or vice grips to bend the hook about 1/16" to the side.

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    Thanks, Paul H., good thinking.

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    I use owner 11/0 & 12/0 offset circle's and I have a 99.9% HOOK UP % A little pricey but well worth it

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    If I were fishing from a private boat and did not go through a couple hundred leaders a year, I would use the Owner super muta circle hooks. They are expensive but they are so sharp that you never lose fish.

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    Those are the ones akcapt, super sharp

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    Quote Originally Posted by 06tributeman View Post
    I use owner 11/0 & 12/0 offset circle's and I have a 99.9% HOOK UP % A little pricey but well worth it
    Are you saying you have hook ups on 99.9% of the bites you get!? Or that 99.9% of fish hooked get landed?
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    99.9% of bites unless they catch me sleeping then I get them on the next series of bites

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    so are you snelling these hooks or running a loop through the eye and around the hook like normal?


    99.9% heck success like that, the price would be worth it!!!

    I know the guy I'm fishing for this year offsets his hooks a tad. He's also a commercial long liner, whats the irony in that eh .

    Thanks for the tip on these hooks. Might have to givem a try this summer.

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