View single post by TimJan
 Posted: Thu Oct 27th, 2016 10:48 am
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Location: JHB, South Africa
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Look with barbel fishing you need to wait till it has it properly in its mouth and this depends on the size of the bait to the size of the fish. No matter what hook you use.

The only difference is with a circle is don't strike. A sudden jerk movement will rip it out without hooking in first.
So if you are using a bait runner pick up your rod while it is running hold your rod straight up(90 Deg) engage your reel and start reeling slow that will set the hook.

When I was now at bloemhof I was fishing about 180m out with a 12o eagle claw circle that I took half a carp head and only hooked the circle through the lips.
All the barbel was over 8kg so they would easily swallow the whole head with one bite so I let them run about 5 m and fasten my drag and just reel in.
Also being in the river and fishing with 35lb line I believe just the drag on the line is almost enough to set the circle in the corner of the mouth.

The only thing with circles is that it is hard to set the hook when the fish is swimming towards you so if it is taking line you can tighten and start reeling.