I love to fish top water in the flats - usually use a Skitterwalk but tried out a Top Dog Jr. today. Had a lot of strikes and follows fishing at first light today in Titusville - but very few hookups - maybe one in four. Missed several big trout that exploded on the lure (literally had one jump out of the water and on top of the plug). I try my best not to set the hook before I feel the fish but it seems like I'm pulling it away from them. Is there a trick to it - any advice? I'm using a 7ft Gloomis GL2 Mod Fast action with a Stradic and 15lb braid with a three foot fluorocarbon leader making long casts - but most of the missed strikes are up close. Plus several of the ones I caught today were hooked in the top of the head and another in the side. I also tried a trick a read about - carried an extra rod with me rigged with a Zoom Super Fluke - when I raised a fish but couldn't get it to bite I pitched the soft plastic to them - got two to take - one right in front of me (like a rods length away). Any insights would be greatly appreciated!
There are only so many casts in life, so shut up and fish!!