The one fish hook that catches almost everything

The do-it-all hook

To catch everything from walleye and pike to trout and channel cats, rig up with the versatile octopus hook


At first glance, octopus (above left) and circle hooks (above right) appear similar, but there are important differences. Octopus hooks always have an upturned eye, for example, while circle hooks can have either an upturned or straight eye. But more importantly, an octopus hook has a standard round bend, so its point is parallel to the hook shank. Circle hooks bend much more dramatically, so that the hook point faces inward toward the shank of the hook. As a result, a circle hook will set itself into the corner of a fish’s mouth when the fish swims away with the bait. Octopus hooks, on the other hand, need to be set by the angler.

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