I believe most fishermen miss or spook more fish by just casting to get their lure out where they hope a fish may be.
Pattern cast!… First make short casts – take up slack line- allow the lure to settle nearer bottom, vary your retrieve, slow fast stop, let the lure settle again, slow fast, slow, twitch, settle and fish it right up to the boat or shore!
Still with short casts, spot cast, left or right 6 feet or so from the last spot. Cover all the available water area you can reach in this manner. No go?
Cast your lure another 10 feet beyond the first range and repeat all around your area. Gradually increase the distance until you reach maximum accurate range.
Generally use the interrupted retrieve to keep your lure at a fair depth. The experience behind this pattern will point out the productivity. If there are fish available in close, and you cast your lure out as far as it will go, by the time you have passed over this fish, your lure is probably too close to the surface. The fish may follow and then spook at the boat!
With short casts you could have picked up this one because you were in his preferred depth range. If it didn’t hit the short casts, the next one passing near him may have enraged him into striking. The trick is to get the fish to strike, not to follow and spook. The pattern method turns the trick!
Try our Vingla lure with special wobble action for black bass, white bass and trout. On walleye, add a piece of a night crawler to them and fish slow – slow. But do not overload it with bait and spoil its action. For northern and big trout try our Laker-Takers and Swedish Pimples – with or without shaved and split bait or minnows – or our new bigger, heavier lures with a medium action rod tip. With light spinning rods, our smaller Flute Spoons with the single hook work well, baited with small baits or tails, again with an interrupted retrieve and a lot of twitches. These are wild on big pan fish, all bass and smaller trout.
If the fish are deep, pattern cast and work these lures deep. If they are working surface minnow schools, fish them shallow but use the same pattern. As a personal observation, I have noticed the big ones usually usurp the deeper strata of water and the smaller class above them. The big ones also take over the best feeding and cover spots. If you take a good pike or bass from one of these spots, work it again, the next time out. The next best fish in the area will have taken over this spot.
Remember, hot spots in a lake are limited, so keep track of yours! Try our original Swedish Pimples also on your spinning rod. If the fish are feeding on schools of small minnows, these are deadly! Use a size as close to the size of the minnows the fish are feeding on.
On surface feeders like trout or bass, retrieve the lure quite fast, all the way in. On deeper feeders, use the interrupted retrieve and intersperse very light twitches of the rod tip for best jig action.
Try our sizes #3, 4,5,6. This gives you a size variation and weight from 1/5 to ½ ounce. Start with the nickel finish lure and switch to gold, white pearl or copper in the bright sun or evening. Our hammered finishes, fluorescent orange or fluorescent yellow colors, reflect prism colors, will often trigger a strike when the old standards are ignored. Often a change of color or lure size will fill your limit.