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Old 10-01-2010, 10:54 AM   #1
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Was gonna see if anyone had any input on fishing topwater when the fish is following the lure and hits and misses. I try to slow the lure down once the fish is around but have trouble getting that second hit. Should I be poppin it like normal after the hit or slowing the lure down and waiting for the fish to come back???
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Old 10-01-2010, 11:07 AM   #2
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It's hard, but don't slow down. Slowing down isn't natural. When prey is about to be eaten, it will speed up.
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Old 10-01-2010, 11:30 AM   #3
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Ditto above. Keep working the lure at the same speed or slightly faster. usually if I miss a strike I speed up the retrieve and it seems to help get that reaction strike.
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Old 10-01-2010, 11:32 AM   #4
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makes sense, I guess I slow it down so the lure doesn't get close to the boat as fast and I have to recast.
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There is no 100 % answer, sometimes when you speed it up they hit it and sometimes when you come to a dead stop and just twitch it like an injured minnow they slam it, sometimes when they are finicky it doesn't matter what you do.
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Old 10-01-2010, 11:42 AM   #6
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most of the time i keep it going at least at the same pace or speed it up, but if they aren't hitting it again try slowing down or even stopping it and just twitching it. bottom line try different things and give the fish what they want on that day/time
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ive taken a page out of the bass fishermans book....when i throw top water ill keep a soft jerk bait rod right beside me....if i get several short strikes ill work the top water back to the boat and throw that jerk bait back in the same spot...8 out of 10 times i will get hit on the jerk bait becasue the fish is aggressive already...i try and keep the colors the same on both so it looks like the same bait...nothing better than a good top water bite
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