Eagle Claw Lazer Sharp Circle Sea Big Eye Trotline Hook - L198
the must have hook for catfish anglers
This is a great hook series. All of the sizes work great in situations where a bigger or smaller hook is needed. the 8/0 size is perfect for bigger flatheads, and the 4/0 is the best all around size. these are strong hooks that wont bend and wont rust. you dont have to set the hook with these, but it wont hurt anything if you do. the only drawback is that sometimes you cant get the hook out because hook removal is akward with the shape of a circle hook. im including a photo and video of a 7 pound yellow channel i caught with the 4/0 size
July 8, 2008
I believe these are EC 197Gs
I looked up all the Eagle Claw Circle Sea hooks, and these are the closest. These hooks are wonderful, never gut hook a fish. Catfish seem to hook in the top or bottom of the mouth, but that may be the chicken livers.
Here is a picture of a sunfish that managed to hook itself on a catfish rig, size 3/0 Circle Sea 197G hook. It was hooked in the corner of the jaw, on the opposite side, stealing the chicken liver. The sunnie was only 6 inches long.
I fish a two hook rig under a large float made for a pool noodle. Catfish make the float bob up and down. They hook themselves on the Circle Sea hooks, and drag the float away. I just tighten the line and push the hook past the barb.
These hooks really do work!
August 31, 2011
i use these hooks for drifting for cats and fishing on bottom they work great . the only bad thing is they are a pain in the butt to get out of the fish
August 2, 2009
Great price !
I have been skeptical of circle hooks till I caught an equal number of catfish on each of two poles side
by side with a #2/0 aberdeen on one and a 5/0
Eagle Claw circle sea on the other...
I use 25# line on one of the poles(spinning) and 30#
on the casting rod and I'm not sure which it was but
with those line strengths I can easily straighten a
5/0 circle sea if it gets caught on a rock so you don't loose your whole end rig because the line broke,
but there plenty strong enough for the smaller catfish
that a hook that size should be used for...and the larger sizes have larger wire diameters..so...
May 3, 2010