Each set of circled letters in a quadrant of the grid contains the name of a fish that dangles off the end of a noun or noun phrase in the shape of a FISH HOOK. The hooks bend left or right and are attached to "rods" of seven or five letters. So "Xbox or PlayStation" is GAMECONSOLE with SOLE in the circled letters. The complete kettle of fish includes PIKE, HAKE, and SHAD hooking to the left. The four fish are in good company with a FROG, DAM, and OARS floating around. So, maybe not the trickiest Thursday theme ever, but circle puzzles have their plaice.
PERMS for "Waves to a hairdresser" was creel nice, but the catch of the day, for this solver, was "Chase vehicle, once, in brief?" (SNL) - ha!
I don't like to carp, but I'm not a big fan of the recent clue trend that styles a "Modern pic" as an INSTA. Maybe I'm just out of tuna with the outside world. And speaking of, I was shocked to learn from the puzzle that AROD and J.Lo split up. Does pledging one's trout mean nothing in today's world? At least it sounds like they'll remain chums.
P.s. What was the Nicholas II's favorite fish? – Tsardines.