First time posting and newer to ocean fishing, so hopefully I don’t sound to dumb. We took my buddies boat out of Newport and headed to the pipe. Saw some pelicans and gulls diving on the way there and decided to gave it a shot. Depth was about 35-45 feet. My buddy was jigging and I had cut squid on an egg weight at the bottom. He gets a hit and the line runs for a couple yards and then nothing but a bent rod... no more action just a bent rod. A couple min later line pops lose and he reels in his jig. About 5min later I feel two hits and I set the hook, I fell a quick pull and then the same thing just a bent rod. After about 20min of keeping the line tight I snap the line. This happened about three more times between us. I’m guessing we just got rocked but the bottom looked sandy on the finder. Any thoughts on what was going on and/or tips to keep it from happening again?