Lots of fun are they not?
We tend to get a lot of snags in the reefs so have moved to a "drop shot" weight and hook arrangement.
I tie the hook 16-18" above end of the line, then the weight at the end with only 4 or 5 twists of the standard knot.
That keeps the bait and hook off the reef. If the weight gets stuck, the line can slip off the weight and i only have to re-tie a weight at the end to get fishing again
I sometimes tie the snelled hooks to the line "drop shot" style which keeps the hook that 6" off the main line.
Can you elaborate further on your steel leader setup.. maybe a pic or two? Also, is it a drop shot type rig (with 2 hooks then weight at bottom or Carolina rig with sliding weight first then the hook(s))?