Here’s a rig I always use for fishing with larger baits. It is called the sliding snell. It involves two hooks, one that is set (bottom one) and one that can be adjusted (ie. slide) along the line to the required length (top one). The sliding snell has numerous advantages over a single hook:
– For larger baits, weaving a single hook through it will generally curl up your trace. Furthermore, if you are using a relatively softer bait like pilchards, it will more likely break up if you weave through it.
-Adding a second hook also increases the chance of a hook up. It also enhances the stability and presentation of the bait, an essential for the more finicky fish like jewfish.