Circle Hooks vs. J Hooks: Choosing Which Hook To Use With Live Bait
How do you know when to use a circle hook vs. a j hook when fishing with natural bait?
That’s a great question since using the wrong type could cause you to miss fish, gut hook fish, or even get fined!
Thankfully though, it’s easy to decide which one to use.
In this video, I’ll show you the one main thing that will determine which one to go with.
Let’s dive in!
Using Circle Hooks vs. J Hooks For Live Bait [VIDEO]
And here are two of my favorite circle and j hooks:
When To Use Circle Hooks With Natural Bait
There are two main reasons to use circle hooks:
- The law says you have to
- You’re passively fishing
There are some regions where circle hooks are mandatory when using natural bait, so be sure to check your local laws before you go fishing.
The other reason when you’d use circle hooks is if you’re passively fishing.
For example, if you’re having a sandwich and the rod is in the rod holder while you’re soaking a piece of cut bait, that’s passively fishing.
It’s also best to advise inexperienced anglers and children to passively fish.
Since they probably don’t know when or how to set the hook, you can rig their bait on a circle hook and tell them to just reel (without setting the hook) when they feel a big tug.
When To Use J Hooks With Natural Bait
You can use j hooks with live or cut bait when you’re actively fishing and plan on setting the hook when you feel a strike (and, of course, when it’s legal to use them).
Actively fishing means you’re feeding line off of the spool to let your bait swim or drift naturally and you’re feeling every nibble and strike so you know exactly when to set the hook.
It’s easier for fish to get gut hooked with j hooks than circle hooks, which is why you only use j hooks when you’re actively fishing.
If you’re passively fishing, or the law requires so, then use a circle hook with natural bait.
But if you’re actively fishing and there are no circle hook requirements, then you can use a j hook.
Here are two of my favorite circle and j hooks:
Have any questions about when you should use a j hook vs. a circle hook?
Let me know down in the comments!
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