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FWIW, and I may get beat up on this. I prefer offset circles, coming from many many hours on the Neuse catfishing. In lines do work but I don't think they have as good of a hook up ratio as well as keeping bait on the hook.
 

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I think most of mine are 10/0-12/0 for Old drum. I'll have to double check .
 

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FYI, what the DMF rules require are not Lupton rigs. To call them Lupton rigs does a disservice to Owen Lupton and the many hours he spent researching the ideal rig that would reduce the chances of deep hooking an old drum and yet would still catch fish if fished properly.
 

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Speck do you say that because of the allowed variable of 3-6 inches between hook and fixed weight rather than a set 3"?? I think that statement is a bit harsh. It is based on the Lupton design and does save fish. I doubt he would have an issue with that overall.
 
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trigger, what model/size hook do you prefer to use for your lupton rigs? I saw your tutorial awhile back on a different forum but I cant make out the packaging.
I like owner 10/0 inline circle hooks the best. That said, I've used several from 8/0-14/0 and all work. The shorter leader (I make mine 3-4 inches) is key. The larger 14/0 hooks are for mullet heads.
 

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trigger, what model/size hook do you prefer to use for your lupton rigs? I saw your tutorial awhile back on a different forum but I cant make out the packaging.
Just remember not all size 10 (or any other) hooks are all the same size. The actual size can vary A LOT depending on the manufacturer. I bought four different types (makers) of #10's online a couple years ago to experiment with on old drum rigs. Each of them varied and one was physically half the "diameter" (gap) of some of the others.
 
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