what size circle hooks?????

Discussion in 'Catfish Discussion' started by wabi, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. The local lake has a lot of small channel cats (most less than 3#) and I'm trying circle hooks to reduce injury to the fish. I bought a pack of 2/0 circle hooks, but my catch ratio is poor with them (25% or less). With kahale hooks (in size 1) I'm getting better than 75% hookups, but hooking a lot of the small (less than 1#) channels deep in the mouth.
    What size circle hook would be best suited to channels in the 2# range?
    Would they still catch the 1# fish consistantly, or would I need smaller hooks for the small cats?
  2. I use various sizes of #2, #4 and #6 Octopus hooks. Eagle Sharp hooks.

  3. neocats1

    neocats1 Team Catastrophe

    I use 8/0 Daiichi hooks and will still hook smaler ones, but less often.
  4. Columbusslim31

    Columbusslim31 Student of Finjitsu

    I like 4/0 circles. I've caught catfish from 12" to 22" on these. I have yet to have a fish come unbuttoned.
  5. 4/0 is about a perfect size for any channel
  6. If I were you I would keep useing the kahles just dont let them run as long...:G