A lot of the time you are missing fish is because the rod you are using is too stiff. Being a waggler man for decades you need a very soft action rod or you will bump the fish on the strike. you probably already encountered when you strike it feels like you hooked up but there is is nothing there. That is having a rod action too powerful at the tip end. Almost like trying to strike with a broom handle :). It is ok for the bigger fish but a lot of smaller fish will bump on strike and big fish will bump off during long fights if they suddenly go for a suicide run the tip is not soft or responsive enough. Another factor is distance of line between you and the float. The closer you fish the harder it is . Best thing is to look at the stiffness and flexibility of your rod. For waggler rods you need flexibility it will reduce the amounts of missed bites.