If you haven’t heard about the benefits of using circle hooks for bill- and bottomfishing applications, then you must have been sleeping under a rock for the last 10 years. Used by the longline industry for ages, circle hooks almost always hook a fish in the corner of its jaw, leaving the fish relatively unharmed. As an additional bonus, once a fish gets hooked on a circle hook, it rarely comes unbuttoned. The problem is that most folks like to offset their circle hooks by turning out the barb a bit. This in effect turns a circle hook into a J hook — canceling out all of its former attributes.