Hi all, I"ve caught a lot of snappers this year and I usually keep them in clean trash cans with about a foot of water for several days to soak em out.I change the water everyday. Most of them were 20# or more.I 've fed them whole blue gills that averaged about 6-7 inches. I watched them closely while they ate and noticed that they would bite onto the fish but not try to swallow the whole thing. Instead they would use their claws to pull off a bite sized chunk.I thought this was interesting because I remembered catching two of them by the foot and I'm guessing that they hooked themselves by eating this way. I was also using gills for bait. So now I'm wondering how many times a turtle has moved my bait around while eating this way causing me to pull too soon. From now on I'll use bite sized chunks like the head of a gill so that way when he pulls I'll be pretty sure the hooks in his mouth too. I hope this wiil increase your odds too!