I make mine with the hooks 4ft apart and with a 12in leader. I then start placing the line in a styrofoam cooler and hooking eash hook in the top of the cooler until done. When I make the set I tie the trotline to a leader and simply let out the line and each hook in sequence. I use 4/0 hooks also. I usually tie one end to a snag or bank rock and let my line out and set the tag end with at least a 50lb rock with a 20ft leader tied to the trotline. I tie another tag with a 2ltr coke bottle then when I get the line tight with my boat I dump my rock in and then adjust the depth with the coke bottle. I want to know how you guys do it!