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Lure Retrieval Techniques

Spinnerbait and Chatterbait Retrieval Techniques

Variations in conditions will change the way feeding fish behave and it is important to take this into consideration and alter your fishing techniques accordingly. Change your presentation until you find what's working, but if nothing you try induces a strike it's time to change lures. So see our guide to help you decide. 

  1. Buzz the surface: Retrieve the bait with your rod tip high and keep the blade/s on the surface.
  2. Bulge: Swim the bait just below the surface so that it produces a bulge in the surface film. Force the blade/s to break the surface occasionally to imitate a baitfish being chased by a larger fish.
  3. Turn & Burn: Retrieve the lure a foot or so deep at a high rate of speed.
  4. Rip it up: Sweep your rod tip to the side in a figure 8 pattern to create a burst of speed and then slow it down as you reel to take up slack and rotate the rod back toward the lure.
  5. Steady as she goes: Retrieve the lure in at a steady rate in the "twilight zone," keeping the it just within sight during the entire retrieve. A variation on this is to every now and then twitch your rod tip during the retrieve. This causes the skirt to flare and the blades to flutter erratically, which can trigger strikes from following fish.
  6. Bottom bouncing: Count the lure down or retrieve slowly until it stops on the bottom or on a snag. Keep it off the bottom when you start retrieve, but make sure to let it contact the bottom and/or snags throughout the retrieve.
  7. Rolling: Similar to bottom bouncing; count the lure down to the bottom then lift your rod tip up to the vertical before letting your lure flutter back down to the bottom, staying in contact with it the whole way back down. Vary the height and speed of the lift from slow loping roles to hard rips.
  8. Drop it like it's hot: Cast your spinnerbait or chatterbait close to a vertical face or slope or next to standing timber. Let it flutter to where the fish are holding and then either wind up and start again or lift it up a metre or so and let it drop again.

Other Tips: Keep your lure moving just fast enough to feel the 'whomp-whomp' of the blade/s. This is more obvious with Colorado blades, especially a twinspin.