My current technique for picking up a mooring take two people. One grabs to mooring with a boat hook while the other lays face down on the fore deck and reaches down to the mooring to thread a line though the ring.
There are some products on the market that promise mooring nirvana. Do they work? Do you have a favorite one? Is there a better way to pick up a mooring without buying one of these things?
Happy Hooker Mooring Hook Tip (Marinetech Products) - Boat Hook Accessories
EasyMoor Mooring Hook
There are other things out there that snap a hook to the buoy. It would seem preferable to look a line through for easy retrieval though.