North Carolina anglers take note—starting January 1, 2020, anyone recreationally fishing off the state’s Atlantic coast will now be required to use circle hooks when fishing for striped bass with natural bait.
It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of fishing legend Captain Ron Hamlin over the weekend. His fishing career spanned decades and continents. His exploits in the early days of Venezuela are the thing of legend. Hamlin then travelled to Guatemala where he would be instrumental in popularizing circle hook use. Hamlin was recognized far and wide– by The Billfish, the IGFA and others. He was the first captain to reach the 20,000 billfish mark. His career and the legacy he leaves behind influenced the many he fished with. His work on popularizing the circle hook greatly decreased billfish release mortality– something that we can all be thankful for. InTheBite’s condolences are with Hamlin’s family.
ShowTime! owner Fred Hardwick illustrates an innovative and successful way to learn to free spool sailfish. Hardwick’s use of a golf cart and a reel are not only cool, but provide a great way to simulate feeding a fish, while getting a feel for you tackle.
Hardwick preaches the value of “soft engagement” of the circle hook. Avoiding jerking or other sudden movements that can prevent the hook from consistently finding it place in the corner of the jaw is critical to maintaining a high hook up percentage. Hardwick and the ShowTime! crew have the tournament hardware to back up his lessons.