Study: Circle Hooks as Effective as J-Hooks For Landing Fish
Circle hook use has been mandated in U.S. waters for years. Their use has been implemented to save fish from...
Circle hook use has been mandated in U.S. waters for years. Their use has been implemented to save fish from lethal wounds inflicted by conventional J-style hooks. North Carolina State biology research assistant Paul Rudershausen wanted know whether circle hooks are effective as conventional J-hooks.
Rudershausen, teamed up with North Carolina charter boat captains to determine the efficacy of circle hooks versus J-hooks when trolling for game fish. Researchers compared hook-up rates for three popular fish: 1) mahi mahi (dolphin); 2) wahoo; and 3) yellowfin tuna.
Exhaustive research revealed circle hooks were about 60 to 70 percent as effective as traditional J-style hooks. The study further concluded when a fish was hooked using circle hooks, the landing rate was the same as with J-hooks.