Hmm didn't know those came as small as 3/0!Mustad for me.
I like these.
The super strong Mustad R39943NP-BN 4X Strong Demon Perfect Offset Circle Ringed Hook is a true circle hook featuring a wide gap, offering the best hookup ratios.www.meltontackle.com
If a fish swallows a offset circle hook, it's possible the hook will snag before it reaches the corner of it's mouth. With a "straight", it will more easily find the corner. These hooks are REALLY sharp and will snag just about anything before reaching it's destination.I typically use Mustad, Owner, Eagle Claw for ringed circle hooks. Offset or straight is irrelevant.
Buck,owner and tokar don't use the X system. Mustad does so if your fishing in cow country be sure your using 4X. With owner the super mutu is what you want.
I use the 2004 most often as well. The 8/0 and 9/0 are my favorites for large sardines or similar baits. If I have to go with a small hook but for big fish, then its the super mutu 4/0, ringed and unringed (for bft). For flatfalls at night, the 13/0 ringed 2004 hooks are awesome when bridle rigged (see avatar). But for smaller bft, under 80lb, I use the 3/0 unringed mustad demon circles. Stealthy and strong enough.That can happen to any hook if the point sticks in bone, a hook will bend or break if the hook is in bone, that will not occur with a proper hookset .....the biggest thing for people to learn is to how to properly set a circle hook....most people think they doing it right but most people in fact are lifting their rods when then get bit and the hook does not rotate into the corner of the jaw.....a good way to break the habit is to keep the fore grip of your rod on the rail till everything is tight and line is coming off the reel against drag...I have been using non offset Eagle Claw 2004's for 20 years never had a hook failure.....I like the wide gap and weight of the wire.....I have caught my share of cows over the years using that hook and technique.....