Next time you go, take a loaf of bread. Tightly squeeze a small bread ball around your hook and try that. It will stay on the hook better than you might think. If you really want to get high tech, mix a very strong mixture of strawberry kool aid and dip the bread ball into the mixture right before you cast it out. Buffalo like the fruity scent and flavors.
I use 1 to 2 packets of the kool aid mixed into 1/4 cup of water. A quick dip of the bread ball into the mixture and you are good to go. Have fun and show us some more pics.