Generally speaking you would allow the hook to set itself since you don't set the hook on a circle hook you just real down on it. When the rod loads up usually the fish has already hooked itself.you just keep tension on the line.
Big spanish showed up this morning at the Perdido Pass jetty. Incoming tide, lots of bait, and clean water. Multiple 20+ inch spanish and even a few 3 pounders. Caught on gotchas and tsunami glass minnows from about 5:30-8:45