When fishing with natural live bait or cut bait for striped bass, use in-line circle hooks to help protect the fishery. In 2019, Atlantic striped bass were declared overfished. You can do your part to help the striped bass stock recover by reducing catch-and-release mortality. A circle hook is designed to prevent gut-hooking and has been proven to reduce release mortality in many fish, including striped bass. Learn how to use a circle hook when fishing for striped bass. Please spread the word about this important change to protect one of America's favorite fish, the striped bass.