The only way I know how to fish circle hooks is pretty much lock the reel and having my pole up. If I am free lining, I would tie a small strip of plastic on my line to tell how far fish pull the line, it doesn't take long, have your pole up at about 45 degree and lock the reel, wait for tip to load then with slow and steady force pull back your rod to complete hook setting. Just remember circle hooks are designed to hook in the corners of fish mouth, so you don't want to wait for the fish to swallow the hook.
Why do I go fishing? To catch a box of fish and/or some quality time under the sun. Thank Heaven I never fail fishing in Texas, catching box fish or plenty of sunburn.