Thanks for all the tips gents.. Curious as to why you crush and grind off the barb? Do sharks not have the concept of spitting the hook. I know crush barbs with bluefish and we have to keep line super tight b/c when they tailwag out of water they can easily spit hook.
I was most likely having problems with my twists b/c the wire was too thin. That makes sense. I'm going to get 200#+ and see if it makes it easier. Im having a hell of a hard time finding the mustard 3x 12/0's online that will get to my house fast and I might have to take a ride to the shop this weekend.
Will sharks' bend out gamakatsu 10/0's as well? I can't imagine a bent hook out in my mind that's so big but what do i know..
Also, I saw a mention of a 16" pliers to help release the hook, now I didn't flip thru all 64 pages, but what's the best way to remove hook and release, is it on back, hold up nose to make them calm, remove hook, and then drag back into water? I'm used to catching big dogfish, 3'+ and I just put them easily back in, but they are harmless. I don't want my leg to end up in their mouth