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Variable Speeds Trigger Bites

June 9, 2015


Have you ever noticed that you tend to get bites on the turn or occasionally while dropping the lure back or pumping the rod while trolling? This is a great indicator that the fish are following your bait or lure just waiting for the perfect time to strike.  When pulling A Matzuo Fast-Slide Clip Bouncer teamed up with a Rip-N Roll hook rig I will very my speeds and occasionally drop the rod tip back to see if I can trigger a bite. I like to vary my speeds from .8-1.5mph until I can determine the most effective speed and then the rod tip drops begin to play a role. This has caught me more fish than any other method I can think of. I like to pair my Rip-N Roll hooks


with a spin float or a phelps float and a Mack’s Smile blade to add vibration and flash. I think the floats help the bait pause on the drop which may be what causes that fish to whack it once the line tightens and pops the bait back forward. When I do this and I feel some heavy weight loading up on the rod I then give it a good sweep motion and cross their eyes! Next time you’re out either pulling live bait or trolling cranks mix up your speeds and get those bouncer rods out of the rod holder and give them some occasional movement and see if you can increase your bites and "Get Hooked Up" a bit more.

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