circle hook
The circle hook has become the popular choice among many catfish anglers. Circle hooks are designed to turn quickly and penetrate a cat’s meaty outer mouth as it pulls against the tension of the rod.

Because of the circle hooks design most cats will get hooked in the corner of the mouth and not deep in the gut. For this reason, cats are more likely to stay hooked during the battle and they can be released with little or no harm.

Let the rod and hook do the work for you. Do not jerk back to attempt to set the hook like one would do with a regular J style hook. Because of the turned back point of the hook it is less likely to find a connection and will just be pulled from the mouth.