The Cadence Of Lure Retrieval

Jerry Tate The Legend

Whether it’s hot, sunny, cold, raining or dead calm, fishing is fishing the conditions. Every body of water has a current of some sort, whether it is man-made by boats, dam control, river flow, tide flow, or storms, there is always water movement.  It may be subtle but could still affect a fish’s location.  There are multiple factors when pursuing game fish, but Depth, Speed, Size, Action and Color will make or break your day.

Swimming Retrieve 696Cadence and speed of surface lures widely varies.  Experiment until you find what the fish want and always remember that rule of thumb, in most cases, smooth surface water is requires a slower retrieve. Choppy water caused by boat traffic or breezy and windy conditions are sometimes good as it allows you to get closer to the Bass and increase speed and cadence.

Remember, while on the water everything that happens is positive.  Remember what worked and didn’t work. Trial and error is a learning process that all pros go through as the more variations you have, and the more knowledge you have, will benefit you on future trips.

Crank baits limit your depth that you can fish, and the speed should match the fish’s attitude, whether they are aggressively feeding or not. (I have used a crankbait on a Carolina rig and caught fish deeper than most people can imagine by using an in-line sinker normally used in surf fishing.) This is one “out of the box” way of fishing that will work when you have schooling fish from 30′ to 60′ deep. The speed of this device can be altered to match the conditions that you are faced with.

You control the speed of your presentation no matter what technique you use, whether you are casting, pitching or trolling, speed is always critical.

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