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First time out in months, Dunbar was the destination and flat fish the target.

Got there for 12, packed light and just one rod as its a bit of a walk.
As I got over the last dune the sea was jumping with surfers so this added to my walk.

Bait was frozen black, sardines and sand eels.
After reading a bit about circle hooks I thought I would give them a go on a 2 snood flapper as I don't want to deep hook any of the fish.

First thing I found was they are hard to bait with their short shanks.
Second thing was they got tangled a lot.
Kept with it till 3 with no fish.
Swapped it for more traditional hooks on a flapper.

First cast with the change and my first fish of the day within 5mins.
Taken on the sand eel.
Had another 5 by the time I left at 5.
All bar one on sand eel, the other sardine strip.

So not sure if it was the hooks or something else???
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Maybe do a side by side test next time , using a rod on circles one on normal ?
They're okay for livebaits and bass ... some people swear by them, I havnt used them enough to really say but I personally prefer normal j hooks
 

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Maybe do a side by side test next time , using a rod on circles one on normal ?
They're okay for livebaits and bass ... some people swear by them, I havnt used them enough to really say but I personally prefer normal j hooks
Something to consider for the next time.
My first time using them, could it be the rig I had them on?
 

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First time out in months, Dunbar was the destination and flat fish the target.

Got there for 12, packed light and just one rod as its a bit of a walk.
As I got over the last dune the sea was jumping with surfers so this added to my walk.

Bait was frozen black, sardines and sand eels.
After reading a bit about circle hooks I thought I would give them a go on a 2 snood flapper as I don't want to deep hook any of the fish.

First thing I found was they are hard to bait with their short shanks.
Second thing was they got tangled a lot.
Kept with it till 3 with no fish.
Swapped it for more traditional hooks on a flapper.

First cast with the change and my first fish of the day within 5mins.
Taken on the sand eel.
Had another 5 by the time I left at 5.
All bar one on sand eel, the other sardine strip.

So not sure if it was the hooks or something else???
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I did a study on circle hooks a few years ago though uni. Lots of trying different types and methods to a see if traditional hooks differed in terms of hook ups and cstchratezs.

Circle hooks worked very well, as long as they were never struck. If you strike with a circle, it'll pull the hook straight out, so you need to just wind into the fish. I also

I also now tend to just whip a bait onto the snood/hook. The bait presentation is great and it keeps the hook nice and exposed. Good luck!
 

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First time out in months, Dunbar was the destination and flat fish the target.

Got there for 12, packed light and just one rod as its a bit of a walk.
As I got over the last dune the sea was jumping with surfers so this added to my walk.

Bait was frozen black, sardines and sand eels.
After reading a bit about circle hooks I thought I would give them a go on a 2 snood flapper as I don't want to deep hook any of the fish.

First thing I found was they are hard to bait with their short shanks.
Second thing was they got tangled a lot.
Kept with it till 3 with no fish.
Swapped it for more traditional hooks on a flapper.

First cast with the change and my first fish of the day within 5mins.
Taken on the sand eel.
Had another 5 by the time I left at 5.
All bar one on sand eel, the other sardine strip.

So not sure if it was the hooks or something else???
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What size circles were you using? Maybe too big? Dunno...just a suggestion...
 

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I did a study on circle hooks a few years ago though uni. Lots of trying different types and methods to a see if traditional hooks differed in terms of hook ups and cstchratezs.

Circle hooks worked very well, as long as they were never struck. If you strike with a circle, it'll pull the hook straight out, so you need to just wind into the fish. I also

I also now tend to just whip a bait onto the snood/hook. The bait presentation is great and it keeps the hook nice and exposed. Good luck!
Good to know, thanks
 

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I've tried them on 2 hook flapper / clip rigs and had the same tangle issues that you had.
Single hook medium size bait and started to get good results. Theres a bit of a debate
wether to snell or put them free to move on a loop, I'm still working on that.
The hair rig (AKA dangle dongle) looks promising and I'm trying it next time out.
 
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