The Mustad 39960D circle hook is an item that any shark fisherman needs to have in the tackle box. It is very popular not only with shark fishermen, but also other big game fishermen. Mustad makes them all the way up to 20/0 size which work great for the big ones.

Mustad 39960D

The Mustad 39960D 20/0

 

For those of you who are new to the fishing game and may not be familiar with the circle hook let me give a little background. The circle hook is an innovation that is great for fisherman and fish alike. The whole idea behind the circle hook is that it will hook a fish in the corner of its mouth where it will do little harm to the fish and will be easy to remove. The point of a circle hook is pointed inward and will not snag aggressively like traditional J-hooks. As the line tightens and the hook is pulled from the fish’s mouth the point will be exposed to the jaw as it comes around the corner of the mouth. With the circle hook the point is drawn directly into the flesh. With a J-hook the point will always be set at a bit of an angle. The circle hook does an efficient job of that initial penetration.

One other aspect of the circle hook is the hook set. The circle hook sets itself. Setting the hook will probably not allow the hook to curl around the corner of the jaw when it exits the mouth which will result in a missed hook up. When the fish takes the bait steady pressure is a better way to get that hook into the correct position and achieve hook up. With steady pressure applied the hook will set itself.

Mustad 39960D 14/0

Mustad 39960D 14/0

It should be noted that it is still possible to gut hook a fish with a circle hook. They are not flawless, but they do significantly increase the mouth hook up rate and decrease the gut hooking rate.

Mustad offers the 39960D in sizes 8/0 through 20/0. The 18/0 and 20/0 are a good size for larger sharks and the 14/o and 16/0 are a good size for small to medium-sized sharks. We carry sizes 14/0 through 20/0.

These hooks are finished in Mustad’s duratin finish. This finish helps reduce rust and preserves hooks for multiple uses. If left in the water a few hours and then rinsed in fresh water they may not even show any tarnishing. For longer soaks some tarnishing may be evident, but it will be mainly aesthetic in nature.

These are quality hooks that are well suited for shark fishing and they are economical as well.

39960D 14/0-20/0

39960D 14/0-20/0

 

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