Legal vs Illegal Circle Hooks: What You Really Need To Know

By: Tony Acevedo on November 11, 2019
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What makes a circle hook a “circle hook”?

And what makes it legal?

What’s the difference between an inline vs. an offset circle hook?

Since some areas require the use of circle hooks while fishing for different species, knowing these answers could mean the difference between coming with dinner or coming home with a fine.

To make sure you’re following the law, check up on your local regulations and then watch this video to see what makes a circle hook a circle hook and the difference between inline vs. offset circle hooks.


Legal Circle Hooks [VIDEO]

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So there you have it!

The difference between inline and offset circle hooks.

Inline circle hooks increase the chance of you hooking a fish in the lips or jaw, which increases their chance of survival when you release them.

Have any questions about circle hooks?

Let me know in the comments below!

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A hook’s detail is very small. However, it can make a big difference. Please spend more time talking about hook selection.

Tom Watts

Tony, Great information. I did not know. Thank you, Tom Watts, Naples, Fl.

Johnny Curry

Are octopus circle hooks legal?

Russ Lacoste

You always have interesting and informative videos thanks. Russ @kayakfishingcharleston

Greg and Cindy Batchelor

Good info Tony, thanks!

Roy Noblin

thank you as i did not know this

Glenn Acomb

Thanks, I did not realize that off-set circles could gut hook.

Frank Maniaci
Frank Maniaci

Great information; I recently changed all my trebles on my lures to circle hooks. Hook ups do far less damage to the fish, and releasing is way faster.


Great information

Luke Simonds

Thanks for the kind words!


I was not aware of this. Good to know. Thanks

Luke Simonds

Thanks for making time to leave the nice comment!

Eric Black

Good short video. Thanks for the clear explanation.

Luke Simonds

Thanks for making time to leave the nice comment Eric!