I have had the same problem several times this year catfishing. I will have my rods set and clickers on and I will have a run or I will have short pulls that will continue to pull short lengths of line but never really make a long run and when I pick the rod up to set the hook.... nothing. I have had this happen in the river from the bank and in a lake from a boat with the boat anchored and no movement. Sometimes the bait has been took with no hookup and others the bait is still on. I thought maybe at first it was the live gills making short bursts but it happens with cut bait also. I'm using an 8/0 octopus style gamagatsu hook. Do I need a smaller/bigger hook, different style, or what? I usually hook the live gills under the dorsal fin near the back and the cut bait I hook through the top out the end. Do I need to change the way I do this? Also would not using the clickers help? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I need help!!