Is it my imagination or do our local cats tend to play with the bait too much instead of taking it and running with it. Circle hooks depend on the fish to take it hard enough to set the hook, but too many times (especially with channel cats) I haven't had them take it that hard. Channels will play with it and wander with it for a little while, but won't take it hard enough to set the hook. The blues haven't been doing much better since I started fishing for them. They don't peck as long, but rarely do they really take it hard enough. I double checked my baiting to make sure the bait wasn't interfering, and I have been scaling my bait for years anyway. Right now I am using circle hooks while the current is running below the dam (my weight is almost always hung up, so I won't be able to set the hook anyway) and kahle hooks while the water is still. I also noticed that I have been having better luck while the water isn't running. Everyone I have talked to so far has said that this year has been rather unusual in that the fishing there is better with little to no current instead of with current.