We have been using these Double Action hooks off and on for many years but, this season we used them almost exclusively. I personally use 8/0 in most situations but I do keep several packs of the 5/0 for times when the fish are biting short and wanting smaller baits. We have had great success with them using cut baits and live baits as well.
These hooks are incredibly strong for their wire size and stay sharp fish after fish. I have been a Gamakatsu Octopus Circle user for a long time and have broken more of them than I could count due to nasty snags. I have yet to break a single one of these Team Catfish hooks.
Another advantage of these hooks is the very wide gap between the point and shank. This allows more room for large baits to be properly hooked. Large baits can be difficult to keep on a hook with a small gap without cast offs or hooking the bait too deeply. Either way, this can hurt your catch rates.
The “double action” of these hooks is another thing I really like. Most of you that use circle hooks know, if you try a hard hookset with one, you are likely to yank the bait from the fish’s mouth. Circles are designed to hook the fish in the corner of the mouth when it turns with your bait. With the double action hooks, the hooks can also be set with a gentle sweeping motion or by quick reeling with your rod in the rod holder.
Nearly every fish we have put in the boat was perfectly hooked in the corner of the mouth. Catch and release is very important to us so, a good hookset is of utmost importance. We have hooked a few fish through the top or bottom jaw but not one single gut-hooked fish to date!
These are, hands down the best all around catfishing hooks I have used. About the only thing I would like is to see them offered with an offset eye for easier snelling(straight eye is really not a big deal though). They are a little pricey but, like other Team Catfish products, you are paying for top quality gear you can trust and outstanding customer service.
Shoutout: What Team Catfish products do you currently use and what have you caught with them?