Having poor landing to hook-up ratio
I'm not getting proper hook-sets on over 50% of the Stripers picking up my live bait (mackerel) and I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I'm hoping to get some help. My rig is set up as follows;
Main line = 50lb. braid tied to small barrel swivel. I slide a 1oz egg sinker onto the braid, then a red bead before I tie to barrel swivel. Three feet of 30lb Fluro leader tied to other side of swivel. A 5/0 Circle hook tied to leader.
I use a 7' Med/heavy spinning rod with a Shimano Baitrunner reel. When the bait gets picked up and the fish is running with it, I do a 1,2,3,4,5 second count and start reeling...I don't yank the rod to set the hook. As I understand with circle hooks, they will hook the fish and yanking just promotes pulling away from the fish.
I hook the mackerel several ways, through the nostrils and up through the bottom of the mouth through the top of the mouth.
It feels like the bait is being pulled out of the Stripers mouth. I look at the bait and I can see the bait has been in the fishes mouth by the marks on it.
It's very frustrating. Any help I can get to increase my hook-up ratio is very much appreciated. The Stripers that I can get the hook into and land are nicely stuck in the corner of the mouth for easy release.