Which Hooks Work Best with Croaker?
My brother-in-law and I went out yesterday out of Bird Island, and headed south. We hit a couple of spots at the mouth of Baffin, and ended up with 5 trout to 21". Then headed north to the Lower Laguna (just south of Emmords) and caught another 5 trout to 22". All in all it was a good day, but we could have caught two full limits. The problem... missed hookups.
We fished with croaker, and I was using 3/0 circle hooks, and hooking up around 60% of the time (catching 7 of the 10 total), and my brother-in-law was only hooking up around 25% of the time (only catching the other 3), with smaller hooks. We'd both allow the fish to take the bait (free-lining) for a good 10 seconds before trying the hookset.
I don't think it was a technique problem, I think it may have been a hook problem. Which hooks work best for you? And at that, which techniques when fishing with croaker (in case I was doing something wrong)? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I can't help but wonder if any of the missed hookups wouldv'e been worth a boat or truck (CCA-STAR).......