When it comes to live bait, it’s hard to beat the circle hook. With live bait, the main problem anglers encounter when live-bait fishing with standard hooks is that when the fish swallow the bait they can get hooked in the throat. With circle hooks, the barb is bent inward, allowing the bait to be pulled out of a fish’s throat. It is also curved, so the bait can be pulled out of the corner of a fish’s mouth easier. This method will help reduce the number of gut-hooks and increase your hook-up ratio. Remember do not set the hook when the fish bite. Slowly reel in until a fish hooks up. Setting the hook with a circle hook will pull the bait out of the fish’s mouth prematurely.