Wind knots are indeed a hassle. Have dealt with my share.I use mono on my surf rods. I can't stand the wind knots with the braid. Also I find that if you have a strong cross current situation, the mono doesn't get dragged down the beach as bad. That surprised me as I thought that the opposite would be true.
Have had hardly any since I started manually closing the bail.
Keeping a tight line until the rig is settled also seems to help.
Using a finger guard for braid, or a long top-shot, is still an issue.
Will try a casting-trigger later this Spring on one of two braid rods.
That will allow a much shorter 30 lb. top shot at the tip.
( instead of having it run all the way to the reel )
The third rod will use the old standby mono, on a great antique reel.
I've used #1 circle, or octopus circle, hooks for years.
Sometimes even drop to #2 since Pompano have small mouths.
If 3/0 hooks work for you, that's great, but I think it's overkill.