Hello.. While fishing out of Kewaunee last week , trolled near harbor for a while and I got into my first King experience,, and as much as I have dreamed and anticipated a King , the Battle was intense to say the least ... definetly addicted .... anyway after 20 -25 minute fight got it boatside , huge fish , and it made a quick turn and run and my rapala just popped out of his mouth .. Thinking the hooks are maybe to small ?? or was it just bad luck .. has anyone changed out to larger hooks without comprimising action of lure ?? And in reports and forums you rarely hear stickbaits mentioned --- usually spoons , flies ... is it because of hooking potential ?? what better resembles a baitfish then a rapala ??
Stick baits / Rapala
It's hard to help you out without knowing the size of the Rapala you were using. On a J-13 size I'd upgrade hooks to Diiachi Death Trap size #2. Diiachi hooks are slightly lighter but every bit as strong as a 2X treble hook.
If you're just trolling the Rapalas I'd change the tail hook over to a 2-0 siwash (single hook).