Hello to all; this is my first post. I've been having trouble lately keeping cats on my line after a run. I'm using 5-0, or 6-0 Gamakatsu octupus circles, and cut bait, (blue gills, and sucker chubs). I'm letting them run until I'm certain they have the bait, (5 seconds or so), then lock the bail. When the line is close to being tight, I raise the pole, and begin to reel in. The cats are on the line, but seem to come off after a few seconds. I've read you're supposed to wait till the pole "loads up", but I'm afraid the resistance created by loading the pole will cause them to drop the bait, so I'm reeling in just as the line goes tight. Am I using faulty technique?, or are the cats just running with the bait and not the hook, and when I'm reeling in they just let go. I'm also having trouble the same way just described when I'm using live gills. I get a big hit, and then a run, but cannot get them hooked. I'm wondering if they are small flatties that are just holding the fish, and not the hook. I'm hooking the gills through the back, under the dorsal fin, and after I've failed to hook them, the gill comes back in alive. Sorry this post is so long, but I'm getting frustrated. Please help!