DEMON CIRCLE: EXTRA FINE WIRE
Opti-Angle Needle Point, chemically sharpened, Nor-Tempered, point curved in, ringed, red.
Endorsed specifically by the Billfish Foundation.
I fish brackish/salt water with these, here on the east coast of FL. I
primarily fish with live bait, usually shrimp.
I had read in several places that red hooks produce more strikes than brown
hooks (and I never use gold or chrome), which I found to be
more or less true. My next problem was gut hooking undersized game fish, as
well as nasty saltwater cats that are a hassle to deal with. So I saw an
article on circle hooks, which does a much better job hooking fish in the
corner of the jaw, and that the fish generally hook themselves.
So on a trip to the Keys, a tackle store had a wide variety, so I bought a
number of different types to experiment with. These particular hooks far and
away outfished all others. I don't know why, but I do have a much higher
hook up rate with these, and true to form hook the fish in the corner of the
mouth as advertised, so unhooking is easy. But they have been hard to find,
none of the local stores have had them.
My buddy told me to pick these up as he uses this size. I would use this 1-2/0 on
redfish with live shrimp. If we were to catch a pin fish then up the size to a 2/0
and fish away.
We use these red mustad circle hooks to fish live bait minnows. Tie a loop at the end of your line and
needle a live minnow from mouth to butt and slip open shank treble hook on loop. The
minnow stays alive much longer