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Circle hooks have recently become more and more popular amongst the rock and surf anglers over the past few years but have, in fact,  been around for many years.

Circles were first designed for use by long-line fishermen where there is no striking involved; just the pressure of the fish trying to get away drags the hook into the corner of the mouth. The biggest reason for circle hooks not working for rock and surf fishermen is because anglers over-bait the hooks and then strike the bait out of the fish’s mouth when it bites.

Fishing with circle hooks is a lot like getting used to fishing with braid. Both are very different from j-hooks or monofilament line and are more effective when fishing with them once you have mastered the art of using both.

This method of baiting the circle is a lot like the way you fit a boilie to a carp hook and has been used for many years in the UK, using Dacron to attach the boilie by threading it with a needle and tying it on.

Instead, I usually use No 14 piano

wire to attach a piece of float to the hook that the bait is wrapped around, leaving the hook very exposed to help it set easily when picked up by a fish. clip on the end, or you can even go as light as 8-strand wire. Shape the foam as big or as small as the bait you intend to throw.

You can also bend a hook let on the end of the No 14 wire to form a clip to clip your bait, but I prefer to cast the bait freely as the impact of the bait attached to the sinker hitting the water often dislodges the bait; you can prevent this by putting toothpicks through the bait to hold it in place on the foam.

The following method of baiting a hook works well for bigger fish, sharks, rays, kob and fish that have big mouths and can swallow the bait, as the hook is far behind the bait and will get stuck in the corner of the mouth.





Make up a few hooks with No 14 piano wire if you want to add a bait

Step 2



Cut a piece of squid big enough to cover the foam, smash it with a squid hammer and wrap it around with latex cotton. The thinner the cotton you use, the better the bait presentation will be. Cover the foam to form.

Step 3




Cotton on the squid guts – for maximum smell – around the smashed squid on the foam.

Step 4




Cut two thin strips to make tentacles – this helps trigger a bite much quicker, as the small squid has a lifelike movement in the water.