Do you love big bluegill?
Has anyone used a "Circle hook" for Bluegill? I bought some black finished size 10 Eagle Claw Lazer Sharp Circle hooks to try on Bluegill. Supposedly you don't need to set the hook with your rod when you get a bite, just start reeling in the fish. And supposedly, the fish are never hooked deep in their throats, but in the corner of their mouths, making it easier for catch and release. I'm going out to Lake Perris in the morning to give them a try so I'll post my hook test tomorrow...
I haven't used them for Bluegills, but use them regularly for Hybrid Striped Bass and Catfish. They work great for those species. You do not need to set the hook....only reel when you feel tension, and they do wrap around and hook them in the inside corners of the mouth. Makes for a easy catch and release. Have never gut hooked a fish with them yet...
I like the Owner "Mutu" circle hooks. Use them when saltwater fishing too.
SO Sharon, you use regular flies as hooks? I thought that was something only I've tried! LOL
What type of fly do you like?
Okay, so crickets are kinda iffy with the circle hooks... good to know. Im guessing, then, that worms and others squirmies are okay.
Is there a circle hook that has an extended shank?
I have never seen anyone in our competitions use these, but then again, we don't let the gill have the bait long enough for the circle hook to do its thing.
I thought its design was to allow the angler longer time to react and set the hook so that the hook slid free of the gut.