Last weekend I was fishing in 24 ft of water and the fish were at 12 ft. I rigged up a couple of floats and set the depth at 12 ft. Using fresh cut shad and 1 ounce egg sinker with 12 inch leader, 6/0 circle hook. These are the floats I was using http://www.wildwolfproducts.com/index.html
As soon as the float would hit the water the fish were on the bait and it was fun. I caught 4 channels in the 5 pound range and then noticed that the fish would hit the bait and push it to the surface. As soon as the bait hit the surface the catfish would drop it and leave.
What was causing the missed runs, too big a bait or too big of hook? Changed the bait size to about 1 inch and did not have any hits. I thought about adding a trailer hook to the rig. I never seen that before and was wondering if any of you all have.