Does anybody use circle-hooks by choice when not required to by law? I used them a few times because the author of a book I once read on saltwater fishing recommended them. I caught a couple of halibut on them, and they did a pretty good job keeping the hook in the corner of the mouth. The so-called self-setting design seems to work as advertised at least some of the time. In fact the only time I've ever caught a jacksmelt on a 5/0 hook was on a circle-hook. So it seems that once they find the hook point there's a good chance they'll end up hooked. However, just looking at the design it seems that there would be a lot of spit hooks. I'm curious if any of you ever use these hooks by choice. I only use various types of j-hooks right now.