Open water

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In similar fashion, when I’m fishing for suspended fish in open water, I want as much exposed hook as I can get because those fish are usually charging from a distance and they are slashers. The more hook sticking out, the more likely you are to hook those fish. 

I have played around with weighted hooks and you get a lot of bites but not as many hookups. Obviously big bass have no problem with the smaller swimbaits but when you are are around schooling fish, it is often a lot 2-pound fish slashing at the bait. So an exposed hook is my usual choice.