It could be the new rod. When I bought a 7'3" MH duckett white magic to flip trigs with I started losing fish ALOT. Went back to my old rod and had zero problems. That 7'3" just don't have enough backbone. I took it off and bought me a 7'6" KLX and have never had a problem with it. I haven't touched that duckett in almost a year now due to fact I don't trust it.
I thought maybe so too, and went back to my old rod and landed some fish.
But still missing some, even with it. I let my partner use it since it had what I was catching fish on last t and he boated fish with it.
So I don't know if it's the rod per say, but more of my lack of confidence flipping since I first started having issues.
I've tried everything I know to do, changed hooks etc Tryin to get my groove back and just seem to be in a funk.
I think the best thing would be now to go somewhere, anywhere where I can get alot of bites to tune back up and get the confidence back