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Hook for live lining spot for flounder

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Tried fishing for flounder today for the first time live lining spot. All I had was number 1 gami octopus on me which seemed alright for the 4" to 6" spot i was using. I caught a bunch of fish but hooked some shorts fairly deep. What hook and size would you recommend for for this as my research brings up circles are not good for flounder.

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I don't know why circles wouldn't work on flounder. I'm seeing tons of hits on threads of people successfully using them after a google search.

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Just size the hook to what you're catching. 4/0 Gama sounds about right. You'll have to fiddle with how you hook the spot to keep a circle from burying in it, bit once you work it out, you cast, wait for the bite, and start reeling.

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Back in the day, the standard hook for that was the Eagle Claw L141 or L042. Mustad was the 37160. 

 

141 is the kahle and can be used in sizes 2/0-4/0. The larger the bait, the larger the hook. 

 

042 is described as a salmon hook, but I only ever knew them as wide bend hooks. They can be 1/0-5/0.

 

Both styles slide to a corner of the mouth like a circle, but can be set with a strike. For a flounder, that means the point of the jaw. Reds and trout will be hooked in the hinge of the jaw. 

 

I use bronze hooks so I can cut the line and be confident the hook will rot quickly if I get an occasional gut hook. 

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Been using 4/0 to 7/0 Gammi J hooks for years fishing with spots. Hook in the mouth and out through the nose and they will stay alive till something eats them. 

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