For a circle hook to be most efficient, however, it should be bridled to a bait. By establishing a slight gap between the bait and hook, the entire circle hook remains exposed for a clean, unobstructed hook-set. Equally critical is maintaining a fully exposed hook, so when a fish takes the bait, the hook hasn’t turned back into the bait, resulting in a missed opportunity. Bridling, primarily used with live baits, becomes just as effective with dead baits, whether you’re drifting whole fish or slabs for sharks, or soaking chunks for striped bass, snook, tarpon, cobia and bottomfish. Bridling unquestionably improves hookup-to-catch ratios.