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Old 04-24-2018, 02:23 PM
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Default Circle hook types for rockfish

I've decided to switch over to circle hooks this year for striper fishing in the chesapeake bay but i dont know whether to get the straight shank (inline) eye or the ones where the eyelet is bent slightly back. Any recommendations?

Appreciate the info on this and size as well.

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I might be wrong but I think if you are chumming chunking or live baiting for rockfish you have to use circle hooks now and a certain type. You might want to check into that reg as I remember hearing something about this not long ago.
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You are talking about two different things, I believe. Offset circle hook has a gradual curve to the hook starting on the shank side of the U, and does not have anything to do with the eye. No curve is inline circle. The eyes bent back are 'up-turned' eyes and the straight are straight eyes. The up-turned eyes are for if you are snelling the hook.
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You are talking about two different things, I believe. Offset circle hook has a gradual curve to the hook starting on the shank side of the U, and does not have anything to do with the eye. No curve is inline circle. The eyes bent back are 'up-turned' eyes and the straight are straight eyes. The up-turned eyes are for if you are snelling the hook.
TorFed. What type of knot do you use with the straight eyes? Does a Palomar knot work well with a straight eye hook?

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Originally Posted by seaswamp View Post
TorFed. What type of knot do you use with the straight eyes? Does a Palomar knot work well with a straight eye hook?

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A palomar or improved clinch knot is what I use.
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A palomar or improved clinch knot is what I use.
Exact same. With striped bass it isn't rocket science (fortunately). I tie what I know and what is simple and it doesn't fail.
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I like tilted eye with a snell.
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I like tilted eye with a snell.

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Originally Posted by mouse4x4 View Post
I might be wrong but I think if you are chumming chunking or live baiting for rockfish you have to use circle hooks now and a certain type. You might want to check into that reg as I remember hearing something about this not long ago.
In Maryland circle hooks are required for striped bass, using cut bait or live bait, only through April 20th. After that date j hooks may be used.

The proposal to change this to all seasons, was turned down by the Maryland General Assembly.
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there is a current proposal to drop the size limit to 19" instead of 20", its coupled with a mandatory use of non-offset circles while chumming or using live fish from May15-Dec15 I believe. It also outlaws the use of trebles with any sort of bait.

Revised Regulations Seek to Reduce Minimum Size Requirement for Striped Bass

For what its worth, circles work very well with a snell- i use a uniknot snell on mine.
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Originally Posted by shoot-straight View Post
there is a current proposal to drop the size limit to 19" instead of 20", its coupled with a mandatory use of non-offset circles while chumming or using live fish from May15-Dec15 I believe. It also outlaws the use of trebles with any sort of bait.

Revised Regulations Seek to Reduce Minimum Size Requirement for Striped Bass

For what its worth, circles work very well with a snell- i use a uniknot snell on mine.
The proposal was denied by the Maryland General Assembly. The MGA has the final say over Maryland Striped Bass regulations. DNR has to take their proposals to them to get ok. Dnr withdrew the proposal within the last week.

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If it is not a regulation will you still use circle hooks? It seems pretty evident that circle hooks reduce gut hooked fish and MD DNR agreed, so would it be wise to use them? I only use circle hooks on cobia. Don't have an opinion one way or the other, just wondering what y'all think about using them anyway. What reasoning is behind your decision?
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I like a snelled bent eye.

Just don't use offset circles unless you want to gut hook everything. I don't know why those even exist, defeats the purpose of using a circle hook.
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If it is not a regulation will you still use circle hooks? It seems pretty evident that circle hooks reduce gut hooked fish and MD DNR agreed, so would it be wise to use them? I only use circle hooks on cobia. Don't have an opinion one way or the other, just wondering what y'all think about using them anyway. What reasoning is behind your decision?
I use circle hooks on everything inshore. I just prefer the method of reeling to set the hook. I have nearly no gut hooked fish. I personally have experienced no reason to not use them.
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The proposal was denied by the Maryland General Assembly. The MGA has the final say over Maryland Striped Bass regulations. DNR has to take their proposals to them to get ok. Dnr withdrew the proposal within the last week.
As I understand it: It was initally proposed- then was withdrawn- then revised and a new proposal was put out. If thats been pulled, then thats news to me. And their website, and facebook, and all the other media outlets. I doubt they would still have it front and center on their website if that was the case.

Also, I think the proposal does not have to be approved by the general assembly (they arent in session anyway) It is not a law, its a regulation. DNR has the authority to change regulation. Having said that, legislators do influence that decision on behalf of their constituents. At least thats how I understand it.

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You are talking about two different things, I believe. Offset circle hook has a gradual curve to the hook starting on the shank side of the U, and does not have anything to do with the eye. No curve is inline circle. The eyes bent back are 'up-turned' eyes and the straight are straight eyes. The up-turned eyes are for if you are snelling the hook.
That is totally correct and spot on.


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Originally Posted by shoot-straight View Post
As I understand it: It was initally proposed- then was withdrawn- then revised and a new proposal was put out. If thats been pulled, then thats news to me. And their website, and facebook, and all the other media outlets. I doubt they would still have it front and center on their website if that was the case.

Also, I think the proposal does not have to be approved by the general assembly (they arent in session anyway) It is not a law, its a regulation. DNR has the authority to change regulation. Having said that, legislators do influence that decision on behalf of their constituents. At least thats how I understand it.

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Come on now...You really don't think Maryland DNR can act on their own when it comes to regulations on Striped Bass?
The Maryland General Assembly has a committee that oversees regulatory changes to comar by the DNR. Carte Blanche doesn't happen with the DNR.

The proper name of the committee is Maryland General Assembly Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review.

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You are correct- I thought It was a simple reg change, not a change to COMAR (law). Apologies.

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