wouldnt the wire trace shred the mouth of the tope though ?Finding the information very usefull, as i aim to do a lot more Tope fishing this summer. I have only being fishing for tope a few times with some moderate success, but have always used traditional J-Hooks either the Mustad O'Shaugsey or Mustad tope & ray hook in a size 6/0. I was thinking of using circles this year though, and changing from 150lb mono to a 50 or 80lb wire trace. On a personal basis i would like to know the best set up for a tope trace, as last year i had a few 'hang ups' where the fish took and ran, but the dropped or spat the bait. Hopefully i will get a few bigger ones this year as the ones i took last year were 'pups'.