What do you do when the blues are striking hard but only hitting part of your shad? We were drift fishing yesterday using whole shad 3" or so, hooked through the hard part of the head just behind the eyes. I use 6/0 Gamakatsu Octopus hooks (not circles). Usually I'd put 2 shad on the hook at the same time. Time after time, we'd get huge strikes but no hookups. Pull the line in and find the rear 2/3 of the shad either gone or crushed to pieces. We managed to catch a few nice eaters but probably missed 4 or 5 for every one we caught. Were the ones we missed just the smaller fish that couldn't gobble the whole shad at once?