If the fish was laying on the beach , yeah it wouldnt move ……but its in the water …and it weighs a lot less in the water

2/0 hooks is all I ever use , unless they were unavailable when I bought them “got some 3/0 somewhere lol”
Had a huge conger bend one once , but that was on 12lb line from memory ….on the surf rod …

Ive always found that the fish tend to fight harder the more you piss them off ….like you pull 12 lb they pull 15lb back ….
You pull 1 lb they pull back 2lb …. pick your days , anything around a foot or less and just take ya time , once inside the surfline they aint hard to land