This knotting can hinder the lure’s action and hookup ratio. I prefer trimming the skirt about half an inch. This keeps the point of the trailing hook clear of the skirt so it cannot impede the point on a hookup. You also have to remember to keep the eye of the trailing hook — whether a single- or double-hook rig — inside of the skirt for International Game Fish Association and tournament rules. Once the lures hit the water, check them hourly to make sure the skirts are free from tangles, that the hooks are in the right place and the lure is free from floating debris.