Hey, I would say to set the hook as soon as you feel anything. I go salmon fishing in the fall every year, using spoons and Rat-L-Traps. Just let it hit the bottom, then bring it in. As soon as you feel ANYTHING, set the hook hard! It is always better to rip your lure threw some weeds, than to lose a big fish because you didnt set the hook. I hardly lose fish because of hooksets. My main problem is getting them to bite.