Ditto on the rod comment. I don't think people realize how important rod action is when reeling in fish.
I see alot of people in the boat who don't fish as often as I do. Almost universally they do at least one of three things wrong.
The first is reeling before they set the hook. I'm amazed how often I see this reaction to a bite. Frankly its almost epidemic among people I see sometimes.
The second is related to the first...just reeling without any thought to using the rod to play a fish some. Without seeing you, I'd guess you're doing essentially the same thing, especially if you are losing the fish boat-side. A lighter action rod will do plenty of the work for you if you let it. When I started using braid on spinning rods, I jumped down an action on most applications. I recognized there was a problem after I broke a couple of stiffer rods on hook sets. Now, if I'm, using braid, I go one action size lighter than I would have otherwise.
The third thing that goes wrong commonly, at least commonly among people I see fishing, is that right by the boat, they tend to reel to far down to the fish, and give themselves no wiggle room boat side. You don't want slack, but a little extra line out can go along way to making sure the fish gets to the net or over the side, but again this is where a lighter action rod really pays off, as you can count on the rod to play the fish on a given length of line. Note: This one tends to be a mistake among people who don't fish often, (sounds like you fish more than the person who typically struggles with this) but it is something to consider.