Had that same type bite on Palestine yesterday afternoon. Try keeping rod tip high (11 o'clock) on retrieve so that you will have to lower and reel up slack as rod loads up (causing slight delay) before setting hook. In that position you won't be tempted to set hook right away when you get blasted.
A good rule of angling philosphy is not to interfere with another fisherman's ways of being happy, unless you want to be hated.
Zane Grey, Tales of Fishes, 1919