Circle hooks, offset verses not offset?

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Circle hooks, offset verses not offset?

Postby aka anglinarcher » Fri Jun 30, 2017 1:20 pm

Larry,
I am pretty sure that your show is what got me started on circle hooks. I am not a complete fan of them, but for bait on species that take the bait and move off, they sure are great. They have made for safe releases on a lot of my fish, and made unhooking fish so much easier. I bet I would like them more if I was more of a bait fisherman. LOL

Here is my question, I had not even noticed that I have some "offset" circle hooks and some that just say circle hooks. Sure enough, I see just a little offset from the shank on the "offset" hooks, but not much. What are the pro's and con's of the different styles?
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Re: Circle hooks, offset verses not offset?

Postby dahlberg » Sat Jul 01, 2017 5:48 am

The offset style are thought by some to increase hook up ratios, they are however illegal in most billfish competitions. The whole point, pardon the pun, of a circle hook is to slide until it finds a corner to wrap around then the leverage from the hook shank rotates the hook point through what ever it was wrapped around.
By creating an offset, the hook point can catch in soft flesh or what ever it scrapes against and catches, which may result in a gut or throat or gill hooked fish. Thus defeating the purpose of using a circle hook!
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Re: Circle hooks, offset verses not offset?

Postby aka anglinarcher » Sun Jul 02, 2017 12:59 am

Thanks Larry,

I wonder what they created the "off set" circle hooks for? Seems like it defeats the entire purpose.
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