I've been fishing several times this week and only have one 2lb channel cat to show for all of my efforts.....My usual set up is a Slip sinker rig using a 2oz or 3oz no roll sinker followed by a single bead (to protect the knot) tied to my split ring swivel. I then attach a 10" to 12" florocarbon leader(usually 12lb or 15lb test) to the swivel and tie it off with 3/0 to 5/0 Circle hook. Lately I've been using cut chubs for bait but sometimes I use cut shiners. I have some decent rod holders to set my rods in and I set my reels(Abu Garcia 6501-C3's) in free-spool but with the clickers on....I usually fish this rig very tight-lined and have noticed lately that when a fish strikes that I get a short burst of line taken out but then the fish seems to just drop it. By the time that I pick up the rod the fish is gone....When I reel in the line my bait is usally still there. ...My first thought is that the bites may be small fish and that they do not like the tension from the clickers, however, there are times that I have felt the fish on the line when I picked up the rod but they don't stay hooked for very long. Any comments or suggestions regarding my setup? Should I leave a little slack in my line once my rig is on the bottom?