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  Photo was supplied by Capt. Mike Nasadyk and is of a Pacific Halibut caught near Sooke B.C.. The keeper size of the halibut is now regulated by the DFO of Canada. The larger halibut must be released to support breeding stock. Circle hooks are a good practice for releasing these fish relatively unharmed. Other types of hooks can damage gills and internal organs.

   A circle hook's point is curved in like a beak at about a 90-degree angle. It has been used with amazing results by saltwater commercial long-liners for more than 20 years. Studies conducted by Fisheries and Oceans Canada on halibut off Nova Scotia show that circle hooks accounted for almost twice as many fish as traditional hooks. Just as important, the survival of released halibut from long-line gear using circle hooks was in the order of 75 per cent. Among recreational saltwater anglers in parts of Florida, circle hooks are popular for tarpon, marlin, tuna, and striped bass. In certain areas off the U.S. West Coast, the National Marine Fisheries Service has made barbless circle hooks mandatory for live-bait anglers targeting some salmon.

   How a circle hook works is ingenious. Suppose you're fishing for ...Click here to continue reading.

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