Gamakatsu Inline Circle Octopus Hooks - Model 2214
Great big fish hook
Use these for all my big cat adventures. Cought blus, channels and flatheads on them. Great with live bait. We use palm sized blue gills and run one of these right under there spine. Have cought up to 80 pound flats on these. Great hooks. Always use the 4/O but any size is great. Wont ever use another brand. Buy these you wont be disappointed. 25 pound AZ flathead below caught right before sundown at Bartlett LAke in AZ. Live blue gill, 20 pound Berkly Trilene big cat line, Ugly stick MH catfish rod, Abu Garcia Baitcaster reel, 1.5 oz slide sinker, size 5 barrel swivel, 1.5 foot leader with braider 25 pound line and a Gamakatsu 4/O octopus circle hook
October 4, 2010
I bought thses hooks as a last resort while fishing off of Cape Look out in North Carolina. While minding my own business I saw my pole bend right over and just about snap. As I brought my self together and made my way tothe back of the boat I grabbed my rod and away I went. As I fought this fish I was thinking that these new hooks are being put to ths test immediatly. All the sudden I saw the fish it was a 4 1/2 foot sand shark on Trilene XT17 pound test and a 3/0 hook. Could not believe my eyes. Hook lasted all day and I only sharpned it once after catching 2 sharks, 13 sea mullet and 3 sea bass. Not bad for a new hook. These hooks are th onloyu ones I use now. All Mustad hooks were given to my brother in law. No way he is going to out fish me!
April 12, 2009
Good Hook-Up Percentage but far from the best
The inline version of Gamakatsu's circle hooks work better for me than the slightly offset versions. I prefer a point, barb, and shank in a perfectly straight line to optimize hook sets and put even pressure on the fish.
These hooks will cover most applications. I personally like the 4/0 for a wide range of applications. The 5/0 and 6/0 handle a decent size piece of fin bait or chunk. I have read that these hooks due occasionally suffer from catastrophic failure (snap off, not bend), but with 30lb I have not had this happen.
If you are really concerned about strength under serious conditions go with a circle hook from Owner. In my opinion they are the best all around company for bait hooks.
RIP Jose Wejebe
April 26, 2014
I was a little bit worried about the size of the hook when I purchased them as there was no size image. I purchased the 6/0 size and it is the perfect size for my application. It measures 1 1/2" from the tip of the eyelet to the bottom of the bend and the gap between the point and the shank is just over 1/2". I am very pleased with this hook as it is very strong and has some flexibility to it. The point is also very very sharp out of the package as well. I would recommend this hook to anyone who is interested but recommend that they know the specific size they need.
August 3, 2012