Weighted Circle Hook Jigs allow you to control your bait as it drifts back in the current. By adjusting the weight of the hook, this allows you to mimic your bait to the chum that is flowing in the current. They also allow you to present your bait in deeper waters while still allowing a natural presentation. Weights 1/32 oz w/ 4/0 Mustad Hook, 1/16 oz w/ 4/0 Mustad Hook, 1/8 oz w/ 4/0 Mustad Hook and 1/8 oz w/ 5/0 Mustad Hook. Heavy duty Mustad 39944-BN Demon Perfect Circle Inline hooks.
Mustad 39944-BN Demon Perfect Circle Inline hook.
The Mustad Circle hook is a circle hook made for bait to target Sailfish, Wahoo, Amberjack, small Tuna, Permit or Striped Bass. The distinct curved shape of the circle hook will, when the fish takes the baited hook and swallows it, ensure that the hook travels to the corner of the mouth or lip, resulting in fewer deep-hooked fish. It is in other words, the ultimate Catch&Release hook. Setting the hook is more of a firm tightening of the line, than an actual strike. Perfect when using live baits. The “MTL-V1” point combines a more efficient point design with a new sharpening process to enhance the quality. The result is a sharper, sleek new point shape with penetration resistance 50% lower than standard Classic Hook points!
MVL-V1 Point Technology
Black Nickel finish
State Waters of the Gulf of Mexico Required Gear
- When fishing with natural bait, non-stainless steel, non-offset circle hooks are required
- Dehooking device
Gulf federal waters
- When fishing with natural bait, non-stainless steel circle hooks are required
- Dehooking device
At its October meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved new hook requirements in Atlantic state waters that are intended to improve reef fish catch-and-release survival rates and continue to encourage the use of best fishing practices that help reef fish survive when caught and released.
Starting Jan. 1, 2021, anglers using hook-and-line with natural baits to target reef fish like snapper or grouper from a vessel in Atlantic state waters will be required to use non-stainless-steel, non-offset circle hooks north of 28 degrees north latitude (near Melbourne) and non-stainless-steel hooks south of 28 degrees north latitude.
These changes are consistent with requirements in Atlantic federal waters that recently took effect. Non-stainless-steel, non-offset circle hooks are already required when fishing for reef fish in Gulf state waters and have been a successful tool in minimizing the number of fish that do not survive release.
Non-stainless-steel hooks should degrade faster in the marine environment compared to stainless steel or other non-corrodible metals. Use of these hooks may ultimately improve survival if the line is broken or the hook cannot be removed, and increase a fish’s chance to shed the hook over time. Additionally, non-offset circle hooks more often hook fish in the mouth rather than the gut, which reduces internal harm to the fish and decreases de-hooking time for the angler, and minimizing damage to the fish’s organs.
Allowing the use of other types of non-stainless-steel hooks south of 28 degrees north latitude accommodates for regionally-important south Florida fisheries, such as yellowtail snapper, in which the use of J hooks allows for greater efficiency and reduced discard mortality.
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