Effectively targeting marlin using lures can be challenging, thanks in part to the incredibly large number of variables involved: lure colors, positioning in the spread, head shapes and more. One of those is the choice of using one hook or two when making the hook-set for the lure. While it was once thought that two hooks were better, many captains found their hookup percentages actually increased when using just one hook, placed at the back of the skirt. An important benefit of the single-hook rig was crew safety: When a deckhand is attempting to unhook a marlin for release, an extra hook swinging around is an invitation to disaster. Having only one hook to deal with is considerably safer.