Yup, They’re back! These hooks are jug fishing circle hooks. Jugline circle hooks are a true circle hook, no double or triple action, just one action devoted to catching fish on their own without setting the hook.
How to use circle hooks for catfish? Let the hook do all the work. It’s designed to when the catfish takes the bait and turn aside, the hook will bury into the corner of the mouth and seal the deal.
Catfish circle hooks size: keep in mind that your wan ta circle about twice the size of a j-hook. In other words if you’re used to a 2/0 or 3/0 j-hook, you will need a 4/0 to 6/0 circle for the same effect.
The best catfish circle hooks depend on your application. For setline fishing, get something thick wired like the Catman hooks I sell. If you’re rod and reel fishing, go for a think wire hook to make hooks setting easier as the line, drag and rod will help fight the fish.
Best catfish rod for circle hooks is something with a soft tip. Just go for fiberglass.I don’t like graphite much.
True catfish circle hooks have the point of the hook at or past 90 degrees to the shank of the hook. Most catfish circle hooks marketed are really just octopus circle hooks for catfish with a slightly bent point more toward the hooks shank. It’s a hybrid design meant for double action whereby people can set the hook traditionally or let the hook work in circle hooks function. I haven’t used any of these, so i can’t comment.
Blue catfish circle hooks: for eating sized cats I stick with 4/0 hooks.
Fishing for catfish with circle hooks just be sure to let the hook do all the work.