I feel your pain sir. Many year ago I was walking a Zara Spook through some standing timber on Fork in May. All of a sudden a fish hit the plug about 20' from the boat so hard it looked like a Volkswagen drove off in the lake on top of my bait!! The strike was so violent it caused my adrenaline to shoot up and I set the hook way too hard.
My 20# brown Maxima snapped on the hookset.
I sat down in the boat cussing and started digging through my box for another plug. While I was trying to calm down and tie on another bait, one of my customers said, "There's your bait!"
It had popped to the surface close enough to the boat that I simply reached out my rod tip and lifted it from the water. I was almost scared to lean out over the water and grab the bait. I thought JAWS might come out of the water after me!
In all of my years of fishing THAT was the most violent topwater bite I have ever experienced. I'm gonna say she went 14 pounds!!