NorCal boy myself. Thank you!I bottom bounce for majority of my halibut. Sometimes I drag the sinker, proves to be really effective in my experiment when bottom bouncing isn't getting much attention. I always set the hook, often times they bite the stinger hook, as they tend to nip at it before eating it whole. I pay attention to the rhythm, once the rhythm of the bounce changes or if I can see a quick double tap, I know it right away that my bait got picked up and I let the rod tip load up a little before setting the hook. This is how us NorCal boys fish for them with live bait.