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Circle hook

Circle hook
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A circle hook is a type of

  • Hooking fish on circles Stuff. Updated 24 November 2011., Retrieved 28 January 2012.

External links

  • Promjinda S, Somboon Siriraksophon S, Narupon Darumas N and Phithak Chaidee P (2008) Efficiency of the Circle Hook in Comparison with J-Hook in Longline Fishery The Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management in the Bay of Bengal, pp. 167–180.


  1. ^ Prince ED, Ortiz M and Venizelos A (2002) "A comparison of circle hook and" J" hook performance in recreational catch-and-release fisheries for billfish" American Fisheries Society Symposium 30: 66–79.
  2. ^ Cooke SJ and Suski CD (2004) "Are circle hooks an effective tool for conserving marine and freshwater recreational catch-and-release fisheries?" Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 14: 299–326. doi:10.1002/aqc.614
  3. ^ Prince ED, Ortiz M, and Venizelos A (2002) "A Comparison of Circle Hook and “J” Hook Performance in Recreational Catch-and-Release Fisheries for Billfish" American Fisheries Society Symposium 30, pp. xxx–xxx.
  4. ^ Prince ED, Snodgrass D, Orbesen ES (2007). "Istiophorus platypterus"Circle hooks,'J' hooks and drop‐back time: a hook performance study of the south Florida recreational live‐bait fishery for sailfish, (PDF). Fisheries Management and Ecology 14: 173–182.  


Studies have shown that circle hooks do less damage to billfish than the traditional J-hooks, yet they are at just as effective for catching billfish. This is good for conservation, since it improves survival rates after release.[3][4]

It is important to not strike (or set the hook) when the fish bites, but rather just reel in. The act of striking while using a circle hook often results in the hook being pulled out of the fish altogether.

The circle hook's shape allows it to only hook onto an exposed surface, which in the case of a fish means the corner of its mouth. The fish takes the baited hook and swallows it, and as the hook is reeled in, it is safely pulled out of the fish until it reaches the mouth. At this point it will catch the corner of the mouth, resulting in fewer gut-hooked fish.


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