Favorite Shark Hooks & Setting the Hook
I think I finally have all this figured out thanks to 2CoolFishing. I am very ready for my trip down to the coast.
A few last questions:
You can find find and you can find bait, but if you cant get the proper hookset you are no better than not finding the bait or finding the fish.
With this being said I have always used J hooks in either a single or tandem rig. I always leave my reel set in the holder with the lightest drag possible without the current and waves taking out the line. When a shark hits I generally freespool it for about 20 seconds, let them suck it down and then hardcore set it a few times.
I am unsure if this method will work in the waves and seaweed in TX. I am thinking that the drag has to be fairly tight for the current and waves not to take line out?
How many of you use circles and how many use Js?
With a circle are you literally just using the same drag setting for hookup as you are when fighting the fish and letting it set itself upon strike? Or are people using J hooks and doing the same thing I do?
For those of you that use circles are you just using one massive circle? Where do you get a circle with a gap wide enough to accomodate a BIG OLE sharks mouth? Do you offset them or bend them to make the gap wider?
How are you attaching a big bait slab to a circle hook and are short strikes a problem? Does anybody bridle the bait to leave the hook exposed?
OR once again do people just use J hooks like I have in the past?