I was hoping you guys could give me some advice. Basically, I am fishing 65# Powerpro on a cabelas salt striker reel with the bait feeders. I am basically using a carolina rig with 6/0 gamma cirlcle octos hooks. I have had decent hook up ratio and but have lost some fish just 5 or 10 seconds after hook up. I am not fishing from a boat. I am fishing off of a dock about 20' off the shore in 10-15' water. I have some rod holders rigged up on my docks also. I am not fishing in the Mon river in Western PA but a smaller body of water called 10 mile creek, which feeds into the mon river. Width of the body of water ranges from 150' to 300'. I am basically asking how would you handle a fish when you do get a bite. When he starts to run with it...how long do you wait? How do you set the hook? My dad is using smaller gear and using mono line but using the same hooks as me. He has lost several and I cant figure out why cause I am watching what he does and its basically the same thing i am doing. We have been using primarily blue gils over the past few weeks in the 3"-6" range. I just am trying to improve my hook ups as well as prevent losing a big fish. I have caught a couple flattys over 20 pounds and I know there are some 30 plus pounders. Just don't wanna lose him when he finally decides to bite.