If you are planning to "chunk"… definitely use a conventional outfit!
said… Use heavy mono leader for bass and you should try the circle hooks!
Personally, If I am targeting bass in a sandy / pebbled (non-sticky) areas… I use 40-lbs. fluorocarbon leader. In a "structural" environment, I use 60-lbs. test!
In the event I am targeting big chopper blues… I also like a "short" (4"-6")wire leader!
also mentioned the word "chum". I could not agree more because chum is a sure way to know if the fish are around!
Regarding chum... How do you chum and how do you know when you are overchuming?