Use a bigger hook for bigger plastics

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To start the process, tie your hook onto a leader of line. We usually will keep our leader between 12 and 24 inches. But we’ve seen times where a really long leader of 3 to 5 feet works too. 

Pro tip: If we are Carolina rigging a larger soft plastic like a Zoom Brush Hog or a Gene Larew Salt Craw, we will use a bigger extra wide gap hook that can penetrate the bulk of the plastic on the sweeping hookset you often use with a Carolina rig because you have to set your hook through the weight down a long leader. Sometimes a fish will move the bait and the weight is sitting on the bottom introducing more slack. You have to reel down and tighten up before sweep setting into the fish.