fishing with live bait using circle hooks

Live baiting for barramundi using circle hooks

The advantage of using circle hooks when live baiting for barramundi, threadys or fingemark over your traditional J hook or suicide hook, is more often than not the fish is hooked in the corner of the mouth.

If your intention is to release the fish, circle hooks or half circle hooks like the Eagle Claw Kahle are the best way to go when live baiting.

The trick to hooking fish in the corner of the mouth, especially barra, is to fish the rod in gear and let the fish inhale the bait. Don’t strike at the fish like you see on TV.

Another tip is go up 1-2 hook sizes to what you usually use in a J hook or suicide hook, when live baiting with circle hooks.

For all my live baiting I use the Eagle Claw Kahle, sizes between 5.0 and 8.0 depending on the size of fish I am targeting.

They can be a bit tricky to get hold of, however our friends at anglers warehouse do stock the bronze version at a very good price.

Alternatively you can get the black version (better rust protection) from Fishing Warehouse in Townsville by giving Dale a call ph: (07) 4779 8399 or via their contact page.

Fishing Warehouse Townsville Contact Page.


Now for a quick rigging live bait tip: If you hook it through the back it will spin in the current.

For tips on how to best rig your live bait, check out the following video : Rigging Live Mullet

And don’t forget our free how to catch a barra training including Ryan’s fishing strategy, lure retrieval methods, favourite lures and information from our Barra Basics graduates.

Click the underlined link to register for the free three video training series.

For more great tips, check out some of our previous posts below.




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About The Author

Ryan Moody

Ryan Moody started his fishing career on the reef boats before catching bucket list marlin for the likes of champion heavy tackle angler Johnno Johnson, INXS and the King of Sweden. Branching out in the late 80's to guided barramundi fishing, Ryan has made a name for himself as a Big Barramundi specialist and to date has put clients onto over 2000 metre plus barra. That is over 2 kilometres of metre plus barra! With attitudes changing from 'keep all you can' towards catch and release, Ryan has decided to share his extensive knowledge and hopefully inspire people of all ages to get out from behind the computer screen/TV and into the fishing outdoors lifestyle he has spent his life perfecting.

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  • Rory spanton

    Reply Reply April 24, 2018

    Cheers Ryan love how helpful and open you are with your tips and advice

  • Greg malpas

    Reply Reply September 13, 2017

    Thanks for rhe great tips

  • Chris Whalan

    Reply Reply April 28, 2016

    Probably the best advice, I can’t count how many fish I’ve lost by grabbing that rod when I should have just left it lol

  • Matthew

    Reply Reply December 7, 2015

    I did it with your tips, that was so good to know your tips. You have made my day, Ryan!

  • Evattfarrell

    Reply Reply November 13, 2015

    Its so automatic to lunge for rod when reel starts screaming, did it 2 weeks ago to my peril. Serenity now!

  • Adam Threlfall

    Reply Reply November 12, 2015

    Thanks for the tips Ryan your a legend cheers mate

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