I have been tying my Carp corn ball on a circle/octopus hook. I love that hook and find I do get more easy lip hooks.
However, I went out yesterday for some quick carp fix. I have a white dog biscuit on a short 8" tag then 24" down I fish the corn ball.
I get to destination and realize I have forgot the net. I opt to try to land them by hand. First carp on, played him a little, got him close to shore, grab tail, drop rod and cradle belly. Okay, that works.
So I cast out and do the same with a couple more. Some on the Biscuit some on corn ball.
Then I hooked into a nice female. She took the biscuit. I get her close to the shore and grab her tail. She twist free, but I felt the brush of that corn ball across my hand. So, I am telling myself, be aware it is there.
I get her close again, and again she flipped away....BUT, this time the feared became reality.
These hooks are interesting because not only do they have barbs which I don't squish because they also have a neat little kink at the point of the hook.
Makes it interesting trying to push the hook all the way through to cut off barb....specially left handed.
I still like the hooks.....LOL