The hook was sharp but I changed it anyway. I tried holding the rod in one hand and pulling the meat off the hook with the other - couldn’t generate anywhere near the same force. Only one explanation I can think of - gum shields!
That used to happen to me on the Bristol Avon. They are suspicious of the bait and you need a slightly different approach. A longer hook link or, especially when using paste baits, add some buoyancy so that when they suck it up it goes into the mouth faster than they expect.It's a starting point anyway - good luck.
Thanks Dave. Might need a bit of thought to adapt that to how I’m fishing - simple freelined luncheon meat. Perhaps back to bread with just a split shot to hold it down, that would be more buoyant. Keeps us on out toes!