Circle Hooks for Surf Fishing
Since man first learned how to take fish from the water, the circle hook has been around. From the bone beginnings of anglers in the Pacific Northwest to modern, high tensile models available for the inshore angler, the circle hook has certainly had a serious effect on the hook and saltwater fishing market.
There are some as far south as Key West, Fla., using circle hooks for everything from bridling for big offshore to bottom fishing on the flats for the occasional shark.
It is with the surf angler that the circle hook works exceptionally well.
Most people not familiar with surf fishing do not understand what all it entails. The angler needs to get a bait well off of the shore and into better water. This can mean needing to be 70 plus yards from the shore. It is common for anglers to use rods of 11’ to 16’ along with weight exceeding a full ounce. The combination of these two mean getting baits to where fish are likely to be.
Unlike many other styles of fishing, surf fishing is a cast and wait game. Many times anglers will have multiple rods in holders on the shore, waiting for a fish to take the bait. It is here the circle hook is such a benefit for the angler and for the fish.
Setting the hook
Traditional anglers will use the rod and set the hook with a sweeping motion. A circle hook is designed to let the fish hook itself as it begins to swim away with the bait. The combination of the movement, hook shape and resistance from the line pulls the hook back out of the gullet and into the corner of the mouth, hooking the fish.
What circle hooks to use?
Surf fishing off of the shore runs a gambit of species and sizes. There are reports of huge sharks taken from the shore as well as smaller game fish. Regardless of the species, what is absolutely necessary are hooks prepped for saltwater.
Jshanmei has an excellent assortment of saltwater circle hooks designed for the surf casting angler in mind. Hook sizes up to a 5/0 mean hooking almost any bait onto the line for a number of species from fun to fight to excellent table fare. There are 150 different hooks and plastic divided carrying case.
A close second for surf casting, the Facikono line comes with 180 pieces and fishing clips to change out hooks quickly and easily. The package also has sizes up to 6/0 for good size game.
Please remember, even though a circle hook will catch the corner of the mouth on most occasions, removing the hook can damage the fish. Bending back the barb for a Barbless Hooks For Fishing is always recommended for the angler. Catch all you want, keep what you need and return the rest for another day.
We hope to see you on the water! Until then, practice good catch and release habits. Also, introduce youth to the world of fishing. Let’s set up the next generation for the angling experience.
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