2 shortshank offset bend
hook is a better bet, although if the hook set reveals something heavier than a croaker, you'll have to back off the drag and play that fish carefully.
There will be an offset bend
in the trunk at this point, but if you are not trying to raise a high quality sawlog, this is of limited importance.
If you want the lure to run near, or even at, the surface, just rig it with a 2/0 to 3/0 offset bend worm hook and don't add weight.
Jimbo rigs that with a 2/0 offset bend worm hook, tied to a 12-inch leader, connecting to a small barrel swivel on the main line without any weight.
A word of warning: watch that the offset bends
at the top of the downpipe don't drop (these won't be supported when the downpipe's removed).
These units will bend rebar up to 180 degrees and they're ideal for applications including offset bends
or doglegs, 90-degree hook, 180-degree cane hook, straightening, and stirrup and tie hook.