How to Use Circle & Kahle Hooks

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Circle and kahle hooks have a shape that differs from conventional J-hooks. Although the two hook styles look similar, they are vastly different in the way they hook fish. Circle hooks frequently hook a fish in the corner of the mouth. This results in a low mortality rate among released fish. Kahle hooks have a wider gap between the eye and hook point than circle hooks. The wide gap causes kahle hooks to hook the fish deep, resulting in a high mortality rate among released fish.

Items you will need

  • Circle or kahle hook

  • Bait

  • Hook remover

Tie a circle or kahle hook to your fishing line. Push the end of the fishing line through the eye of the hook. Wrap the end over the line over itself five to six times. Slide the end of the fishing line through the loop formed where the line wraps meet the eye of the hook. Pull the end of the fishing line to tighten the knot to the hook.

Hook a piece of bait on the fish hook.

Cast the bait into the water. Reel in the slack of the fishing line.

Hook a biting fish. Allow the biting fish to take the bait for a few seconds. Slowly reel in the line until the line pulls tight. Quickly reel in the line to set the hook into the fish. Do not pull the rod to set the hook when fishing with a circle hook. This can cause the hook to set deep into the fish.

Remove the hook from the fish with a hook remover. Slide the end of the hook remover over the hook shank. Twist the hook remover clockwise to remove the hook from the fish.


  • Check local fishing regulations before fishing. Many fisheries require the use of circle hooks in state fishing areas.