When skipping a swimbait around shallow like when fishing docks, a weighted swimbait hook is the ticket. You can fish the jighead, but a swimbait skips so much better with a belly weighted hook tucked into the bait. In fact I will say a swimbait is one of the better baits to learn to skip with a bait caster. It slides well on the water, you can fish it on an unweighted hook to really get a good skip and keep your weight down on the hook.

I almost exclusively use a screw-lock hook. When you’re skipping, you are putting a lot of torque and force on the nose of the bait and that screw lock holds so much better than just an offset bend.