When I bait fish I usually use two rods. The one I'm holding gets the fishfinder rig and is kept in freespool to let the fish run a bit before the hookset. The deadstick rod in the holder get a High/low rig with an 8 oz minimum sinker on the bottom. The big sinker is so the fish will hook himself even on an incoming hit.
In line, not offset, circle hooks only unless I'm meat fishing and the fish are being picky, light hits, then I go Gami J hooks.
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