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Old 07-25-2020, 05:03 PM   #1
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Anyone using them? They hold marlin and sturgeon quite well, even without barbs. Used them today but was not impressed. Maybe we were into smaller fish and a 5/0 is too big for them.

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Old 07-25-2020, 05:59 PM   #2
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Anyone using them? They hold marlin and sturgeon quite well, even without barbs. Used them today but was not impressed. Maybe we were into smaller fish and a 5/0 is too big for them.
Yes, absolutely, when mooching. I use the Owner “California legal” hook. I’ll get the part number later. They work great for mooching. No gut hooking, which is guaranteed to kill them when “released.”

For trolling? Nope. I tried that 30-something years ago. No good.
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Old 07-26-2020, 05:13 AM   #3
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Those are kind of a hybrid...1/2 circle and 1/2 not. I think they may even fish better if you take a pair of pliers and straighten the point a smiggin.

Actually those aren’t a bad design, but I have never seen a circle hook used by a commercial salmon troller, just not designed to catch a striking fish. Now if they mouth the bait and turn and run every-time, you betcha. Like when mooching...

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I’ve used them with success trolling for Coho. I tie them as the trail hook on a fixed 2 hook mooching rig, hang back style with the hook about 2” behind the tail of my whole herring. No substantial difference in hookup percentage, and the ones that get hooked usually stay hooked.
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Old 07-27-2020, 09:52 AM   #5
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I used them when I lived in Cali mooching Had very poor results and eventually went back to trolling
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I know some folks are really successful with mooching circles for salmon, but I just couldn't make them work. I tried several models/styles between trolling, motor-mooching, and drift mooching. I went back to conventional hooks, with sickle-style for singles or trailers preferred.
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I know some folks are really successful with mooching circles for salmon, but I just couldn't make them work. I tried several models/styles between trolling, motor-mooching, and drift mooching. I went back to conventional hooks, with sickle-style for singles or trailers preferred.
Might be your method?

The hook I referred to is the Owner 5176-141

I reverse thread the bait, so the hook comes out the mouth or eye, and the leader is around the tail. So it hangs head-down. Works great on chinook and coho.

If the drift is fast, then I'll thread it so the hook is in the tail end.
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Old 07-27-2020, 11:15 AM   #8
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Mark... That's the correct way to rig them.
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Old 07-27-2020, 07:53 PM   #9
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The Gamakatsu octopus and finesse hooks resemble a circle. I've been using 5/0 Big River but my buddies were keeping more/less early releases on the owner style 3/0-4/0 octopus.

Might be swapping out my mooching rig hooks for the river.
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Old 07-27-2020, 09:12 PM   #10
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Mark... That's the correct way to rig them.
Well of course it is

We realized this, 35 years ago on our charter boats. My brother was one of a small group who pioneered the method.
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Might be your method?

The hook I referred to is the Owner 5176-141

I reverse thread the bait, so the hook comes out the mouth or eye, and the leader is around the tail. So it hangs head-down. Works great on chinook and coho.

If the drift is fast, then I'll thread it so the hook is in the tail end.
What size do you use in those hooks? And do you use the same size for coho and for chinook?

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Old 08-01-2020, 11:33 AM   #12
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What size do you use in those hooks? And do you use the same size for coho and for chinook?

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https://www.ownerhooks.com/product/ssw-barbless-circle/

These are only made in a 4/0 and 6/0. So the 4/0 is the better all-around size. For small bait I’ll use certain eagle claw and mustad circles.

I choose hook size according to the bait size.
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