Juro were you fishing barbless?
I know for giants in the keys most of the guides I talked with fish with a barb on the hook. Reason from the guide I fished with was with those mouths you need all the help you can get to stay hooked up and since the mouths are so boney minimal damage is incurred as opposed to barbs and softer mouthed species.
I have a bunch of those signature tarpon hooks (acutally use them for the deep eel) if you want to use some for testing. Also fish the 600sp alot and it comes the closest to a circle in the conventional hooks you will find. Expensive but has a low profile cutting point on it and really holds well.
Last edited by sean; 04-09-2006 at 06:04 PM.