I typically drop shot the berkley ghost shrimp on a pretty large offset worm hook so that the hook barb is towards the back of my bait. I usually do really well but nothing of much size so I figured that maybe cuz the hook is so visible it is deterring the larger fish. So tonight I was drop shotting a berkley gulp ghost shrimp (typical) on a [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] owner mosquito hook and was nose hooking the bait like I would a roboworm for freshwater bass. Couple ticks and small bites here and there but not much and no fish landed. Eventually realized that my bait appeared to be swimming the wrong way since shrimp swim backward so I tail hooked my shrimp and kept going. This was working really well I was getting hit almost every cast but this is where the frsutration began. I would be dragging my drop shot along the bottom and getting a couple consistent ticks and then finally a big tug so I'd set the hook but nothing there. After this happened about 3 times I figured maybe I need to be more patient and let the fish eat the bait a little deeper to get to the hook. I cast out and about halfway back my bait gets hit with two quick, heavy tugs so I lower my rod to give slack and can see my line in the water moving so clearly the fish has my bait in its mouth. Quick hook set and nothing there. At this point I figure that the fish are biting the "head" of my my bait where the hook isn't and not eating it all the way to get to the tail. I switch baits to a curly tail grub for drop shot (I really like drop shot since I'm used to freshwater bass fishing my whole life) and the same damn thing keeps happening I will get hit so hard only to come up with nothing on the hook set. I ended the night with probably 10 solid hits but nothing to show for (typically fish story).
Now my question is does anybody have advice on what to do about this? I'm thinking I somehow need to get the hook all the way to the back of the bait (away from my line) like I normally do with my worm hooks because when I use those hooks I have no problem with hook setting. Any and all input is appreciated thanks!