It's all about the opening. The distance between the point of the hook and hook shank. The wider that opening the better your hook up ratio. Smaller circles tend to pull under pressure in big fish.
Last year we were stuck with small bait in Mexico. 5/0 circles were pulling constantly. Hook just can't bite deep enough to hold under pressure.
Fortunately we made bait every night. The local Maceral were considerably larger. Once we went to the bigger 8/0 & 9/0 hooks, no more pulls.
You may be trying to set the hook like a J hook. Just reel untill the line comes tight and then keep it tight. You can reel as fast as you like, just don't pull set the hook.
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