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Circle hook questions

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Hope someone is courteous enough to help this grizzled old grouch out.

 

I will be going back to tossing snot off the beach this year.  I have all my gear ready, rod - reel - lines - fish finder etc.  Only problem is I am trying to figure out which circle hook will be better, a hook with a turned down eye or a straight eye.  Also which size do you guys prefer for fishing clam?  I like to attach hooks to a leader using an old fashioned snell.  However, I am also open to using Palomar knots for tying hooks to leaders.

 

Can I get some input from the snot experts out there?

 

Thanks.

 

Spig

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hey spig, hope all is well, i have been using circles almost since they came out, eye up , eye down imo no difference, circles when fishing slimeys hook up ratio far better plus most fish lip hooked, leader 16 to 20 in depending on conditions,me i always tie a palomar at the hook and the swivel, 40 plus yrs of fishing the knot has never failed me, good luck and tight lines

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3 hours ago, Spigola said:

Thanks bugs.  Any particular size for clams?

5, 6 7/0 depending on the size fish running, there were times when I used 10 /0s 

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I don't like the inline circle hooks. I like the regular circle hooks I saw eagle claw has new circle hooks coming out with a barb at the top I think which looks smart

 

 

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11 hours ago, hurricane1091 said:

I don't like the inline circle hooks. I like the regular circle hooks I saw eagle claw has new circle hooks coming out with a barb at the top I think which looks smart

 

 

U may not like inlines but inlines are the law.  

 

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26 mins ago, PSegnatelli said:

U may not like inlines but inlines are the law.  

 

That's dumb. I've been using offset circle hooks for years. I didn't even realize that was suddenly not considered a legal circle hook. This state seriously blows. It didn't even occur to me that it would be specifically inline circle hooks. I've never gut hooked a fish with offset circle hooks. Government overreach at its finest. Thanks for the heads up I guess. I actually have the inline circle hooks and was about to order the ones I usually use since I'm out of them but I guess I get to save a few bucks now, albeit by force.

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53 mins ago, hurricane1091 said:

That's dumb. I've been using offset circle hooks for years. I didn't even realize that was suddenly not considered a legal circle hook. This state seriously blows. It didn't even occur to me that it would be specifically inline circle hooks. I've never gut hooked a fish with offset circle hooks. Government overreach at its finest. Thanks for the heads up I guess. I actually have the inline circle hooks and was about to order the ones I usually use since I'm out of them but I guess I get to save a few bucks now, albeit by force.

Not just NJ but the whole east coast.    Sucks but it is what it is.  

I have alot of offset circles.  I'm gonna see if I can straighten em in my vise and see if it affected the strength at all.  

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1 hour ago, PSegnatelli said:

Not just NJ but the whole east coast.    Sucks but it is what it is.  

I have alot of offset circles.  I'm gonna see if I can straighten em in my vise and see if it affected the strength at all.  

It would probably be fine. I am curious to see if this gets enforced. I am sure many still use J hooks.

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I always preferred inlines due to the toenail being in-line with the hook shank.....straight pull / hook-up in the corner of the jaw....never have a problem, especially with eels as the toenail keeps'em from unhooking themselves most of the time......clams, now that another animal, should be good to go.....I also prefer the off-set eye for a snell rather than a straight eye and a clinch knot....omo.

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1 hour ago, hurricane1091 said:

It would probably be fine. I am curious to see if this gets enforced. I am sure many still use J hooks.

Gonna be like traffic laws IMO. And sometimes that stop leads to a felony charge. 

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2 hours ago, 40shades-of-blue said:

Just to give you guys a heads up too I have read that you can't tip a bucktail with pork now either.  Only if that bucktail has a circle hook. 

True enough, for now. They are looking at the definition of “bait.” You can use tidal tails or other plastics on your bucktails.

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Snag and drop is over too. You can snag and bunker but would have to reel it in and transfer to circle hook.  That might be a good thing. Hopefully less roving gangs of

muggers.

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