Here are some consideratons: - It can start to some degree before you even make a cast
Is your line strength matching the structure you are fishing? Hook size in proportion to the bait. Too often the hook is too small. One does not get a good hook set and another big fish is lost. Hook thickness also to be matched to line size. Using a light wire hook on heavy line will straighten or open up on a solid strike. When using hard baits with treble hooks, make sure they are of good quality. You may even want to up size the hooks for a better hook set when targeting bigger fish. Boat position. If you are fishing a brush pile or heavy structure, position the boat, so that when you cast and hook a fish, you can pull the fish out of the structure. Rather than pulling the fish in and over the structure. Using the right lure or technique for the area or structure you are fishing e.g. one would normally use a Texas rig with a pegged sinker in a brush pile, than a light drop-shot rig. Another big mistake anglers make is not using the right rod. Matching the rod stiffness (action) to the line strength. Most worm fishing needs a medium / heavy to heavy action rod. If the rod is too soft, one won’t get a good hook set and another big fish is lost.