I am new to the sport, and need some help.... badly. Me and a buddy were using bluegills from 5-6", give or take and inch, and we would get these wicked strikes about every 20 minutes or less. We tried everything, setting the hook as soon as the rod bowed over, setting the hook after a couple of bows, freespooling and giving line to the fish, and even just letting the fish tug at the rod for a while, waiting for it to hook itself. We caught 2 cats and a gar. The first cat wasnt even hooked, it just got the bluegill wedged into its mouth so well, that it couldnt spit it out. The other was hooked solid, and the gar wasnt hooked, but got the line wrapped around its mouth. Now the last cat, which was also the bigger of the 2, about 6-7lbs, was hooked using the baitclicker on his baitcaster (i dont know why he didnt use it earlier) I dont have a baitclicker on my reel, keep that in mind. What do you suggest i do to hook these fish, or do you think its possible that they are gar. Would a quick strike, or stinger hook be sensible? We hooked the bluegills either in the tail, back, head, belly, and pretty much everywhere in between. We went through about 20 'gills.