Sometimes I use a trailer hook, sometimes I do not. Depends on the fish, if they are short striking it or not. I use a skirt about 100% of the time (only a couple of time no skirt and bigger swimbait). Let the fish tell you what they want. If they are busting and you are not getting strikes, change something, bending the blades to sound different is a GREAT way to change the sound of it. I normally use a single/twin tail trailer, depends on what the fish want. If they are striking your bait, but not hooking up, THAT is the time to change something, again, bending the wires to the blades is easy to do, but it does not work 100% of the time, sometimes you have to add or subtract something, like taking some strands out of the skirt, works great sometimes, not others. Gives it a smaller profile coming thru the water. I like white, chartreuse/blue and blue buzzbaits. In open water, I throw them on 12-15# test, if throwing them in the stumps, I move up to 20 or 25 lb test. I use McCoys Mean Green co-polymer. Hope this helps. Tight lines, keep safe and good luck.
Tight lines, keep safe and good luck.