live bait hooks for BFT?

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What make, size, and model of hooks are you using for BFT with live bait (asking the guys that have been out recently), and what kind of bait did you have?
 
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Steve K

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18' Bayrunner, but I like the American Angler and the Red Rooster III
Last 2 days of 8 day trip, 30 lb, size 1 chrome Mustad 94151. Don't think we got more than 1/2 dozen on bait. I could have fished 25 lb but didn't want to hold up the captain's search.

Best on Flatfalls after sunset.
 
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2Rotten

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I am partial to the Ringed Charlie Brown circle hooks. A little more stealthy than the Super Mutus. No off-set so usually corner jaw hook sets. Very strong. I carry sizes 1 - 5/0 but the past 2 seasons all I seem to fish are the 2/0.
 

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    We used #6 round bend treble hooks for live chov's, or dead chov's threaded through a dead chov,with a bait needle, for California halibut.
     
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    Tunahead

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    Nice sized sardines, Owner 3/0 ringed Mutu's worked well.
    I 2nds those. Few times when surface Bluefin were finicky, I found out from a deckhand the Owner chrome ring spooked them. I switched to Eagle Claw black ringed Circle hooks and BINGO.
    Damn Bluefin LOL. I use Owner circles most of the time. FYI
     
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    Ksurg

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    I 2nds those. Few times when surface Bluefin were finicky, I found out from a deckhand the Owner chrome ring spooked them. I switched to Eagle Claw black ringed Circle hooks and BINGO.
    Damn Bluefin LOL. I use Owner circles most of the time. FYI
    Full disclaimer, it’s been awhile. I’ve never been a fan of circle hooks below 3-0, truthfully 4/0. When the bait or fish are small would always just use j hooks. The gap of a 2-0 circle is tiny. If a good fish shows up there’s high odds of not getting a good hook set or pulling. At lest that’s my experience.

    But what do I know… For that matter we did pretty well without ringed single hooks too. Ultimately it’s all about presentation. Good bait, right place, and tackle that doesn’t restrict movement.
     
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    Tunahead

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    Full disclaimer, it’s been awhile. I’ve never been a fan of circle hooks below 3-0, truthfully 4/0. When the bait or fish are small would always just use j hooks. The gap of a 2-0 circle is tiny. If a good fish shows up there’s high odds of not getting a good hook set or pulling. At lest that’s my experience.

    But what do I know… For that matter we did pretty well without ringed single hooks too. Ultimately it’s all about presentation. Good bait, right place, and tackle that doesn’t restrict movement.
    I too tend to roll with J hooks 2/0 on down for same reason. Having started Tuna fishing at 14/1960 all we ever had for years was J hooks. LOL
     
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    ChicoBob

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    J hooks for sardine with picky tuna. Mustad needle point 2 to 1/0 ringed shoulder hook or butt hook the bait. I prefer shoulder for bluefin. I just find it much easier to get a bait pinned and on its way without damaging it with j hooks when fishing small baits, afterall the bait selection is the key. Sinker rig I like 2/0 3/0 j with sardine. I would say I get chewed off 10% of the time, but I find that acceptable as I get more bites this way. Just works for me
     
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    fyermn

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    I too tend to roll with J hooks 2/0 on down for same reason. Having started Tuna fishing at 14/1960 all we ever had for years was J hooks. LOL
    Tunahead; The problem back in the 1960's was we didn't have the rods, reels, or hooks that have now. The 1960's was 60 years ago.
     
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    Tunahead

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    Tunahead; The problem back in the 1960's was we didn't have the rods, reels, or hooks that have now. The 1960's was 60 years ago.
    No kidding, I started tuna fishing age 14 in 1960. All we had were J hooks. Jigmaster 500, 7ft Roddy rod wrapped by then Leon who went on to start Calstar. Candy Bar Lures was down the street.
     
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    Tunahead

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    The KEY to using Circle Hooks of any size is, let the fish come tight and take line, put in gear...DON"T swing like bass fishing. LOL LOL
     
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    Mustad Ringed Demon or Owner Ringed Circle Mutu 2/0 or 3/0. I recommend buying straight from Owner or Mustad so you can guarantee you get the exact size/shape hooks your are looking for. Shipping can take up to two weeks but if you have the time its worth the wait.
     
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