major woods, et al:
since you've been so helpful, here's another question.
how do you get the "hook" in the "j-hook" part of the spread if you're using longlines? i mean, let's say you're planning to anchor your boat at the bend in the hook, and then have a couple longlines going downwind so that, hopefully, the birds will want to follow the lines into the opening in front of the boat. a friend of mine does off of jesey with great success on buffies and broadbills.
the downwind longlines are obviously easy to set. but the U at the bottom of the J-hook has to be going in the opposite direction of the wind. if you anchored a longline on either end so that it was at an angle to the wind, wouldn't it just bow downwind, and look wrong?
how to solve this problem?
don't use a j-hook, i guess, is how to solve it! but there must be another way that is undoubtedly very easy and will embarass me when you solve the mystery! cheers--tapera