For one thing, there is a lot of minnow and just a tiny bit of hook. You miss a lot of fish.
The only sure way to ensure you will get a solid hook-up is to let the fish swallow the bait. Then you set the hook. It pretty much guarantees a dead fish even if you release it as it likely has a perforated stomach.
Another alternative is to use a "quick set" rig. They cost about $10 if you buy them. You can make them for about fifty cents.
|The makings to roll your own quick set rigs|
|Silver leaves were cut from pie tin to provide a little bit of bling.|
|Take one of the leaders. You can use 6" leaders for minnows as large as 8". Slide a couple of beads, the "spinner" and then another bead onto the leader from the swivel end.|
|Half way up the leader, put a sharp bend in the leader.|
|Slide the sharp bend through the loop on the clip end of the second leader.|
|Then pass the swivel end through the loop and snug it down.|
|Add more beads and spinner to the swivel end of the first leader.|
|A split ring and a treble hook go on the swivel end of the first leader.|
|This is what it looks like after assembly.|
|Use your imagination. Pretend the hot-dog is a minnow.|
Good luck fishing.