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8 hours ago, feesh said:

How often do you find BD hit the top hook? 1:3 

Excellent question! It made me review my pictures and video footage and it’s a mix. I guess I stick my rod holder farther inland that the difference in height between hi&lo is minimal. Sagging line also could contribute to bite on hi rig.

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Off all week, gonna get a chance to fish Assateague, Chincoteague. 
I got a lot of the chores done opening the beach place yesterday and today. 
Just sat down to relax and tied up a couple dozen top and bottom rigs, 

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On 4/17/2021 at 2:10 PM, delaware surfman said:

Off all week, gonna get a chance to fish Assateague, Chincoteague. 
I got a lot of the chores done opening the beach place yesterday and today. 
Just sat down to relax and tied up a couple dozen top and bottom rigs, 

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Ok I'm wondering why not use circle hooks?

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Delaware DNR:  " In 2021, a new regulation requires using inline circle hooks when fishing for striped bass using cut or whole natural baits like clams, squid, mackerel, menhaden, seaworms, or eels. Using inline circle hooks significantly increases survival of released striped bass by reducing occurrences of gut hooking."

 

Similar regulations are in effect for fishing ocean coastal waters in all states. 

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9 hours ago, Esoxhunter said:

Ok I'm wondering why not use circle hooks?

Because I have a ton of these Gamigatsu hooks and I’m not targeting Striped Bass. 

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51 mins ago, delaware surfman said:

Because I have a ton of these Gamigatsu hooks and I’m not targeting Striped Bass. 

I often catch stripers and Black drum the same day using the same rig and bait..... like a lot of people on SOL, time to unload the J hooks, ‘‘tis a new age :worms:

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...  isn't it mandatory in MD to use in-line circles if using live or cut bait regardless of target species? or is it only if fishing Chesapeake Bay? ... 

 

Not in DE?

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in line circle hooks are mandatory everywhere when using live or cut bait when fishing for Striped Bass.  It is an Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission requirement and all east coast states have to implement it.

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5 hours ago, Catskill John said:

I often catch stripers and Black drum the same day using the same rig and bait..... like a lot of people on SOL, time to unload the J hooks

:th:

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6 hours ago, Catskill John said:

I often catch stripers and Black drum the same day using the same rig and bait..... like a lot of people on SOL, time to unload the J hooks, ‘‘tis a new age :worms:

Not to mention the circle is just a better hook! Threw out all my J hooks years ago. 

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