I was out at Pony yesterday and while I have a fair amount of experience hootching moochies, er, I mean, mooching hootchies, I hadn't mooched cut plug herring before. We'd limited on Silvers a few days before, so I figured it was time to experiment a bit. I had brined 4 flats of Green Label herring, tied up several tandem rigs with 5/0, 6/0, and 7/0 Gamaka's (yes all hooks were kept sticky sharp), watched all the videos on YouTube, and... the cut plug herring way out-fished anything I've ever mootched, but I simply couldn't solidly hook a fish. Our hook ups with hootchies are about 90% - we rarely lose a fish. With the herring though, I landed a grand total of one fish out of roughly 15-20 "takes". To add insult to injury, the fish I landed was hooked in the eyeball by the trailer hook. I tried everything I could think of, bigger hooks, smaller hooks, hit the fish hard on the initial take, hit him hard after he's had it a bit, don't hit him at all (like with circle hooks and halibut). Nothing. Sure got tired of feeding expensive herring to the fish. Any ideas? I'm stumped. Thanks!