Guest Posted May 28, 2008 Report Share Posted May 28, 2008 I've decided to throw crankbaits more this year and I've been fishing more clear water streams this got me to thinking about fish following up lures. Feel free to jump in with any thoughts here. Here are some observations and ideas. I've used the muskie " figure 8 on smallmouths and got it to work". One thing about catching follow up fish is that you have to be looking for them. I see more of them when I'm paying attention. A good hat with sunglasses helps too, as does clear water. A break in speed seems to work some times. If you pause they grab it. Sometimes just casting again at a slower speed helps on cranks. With jigs sometimes reeling in quickly to make another cast you see a fish following. I usually take this to mean I need to increase my retrieve speed or put on a faster lure like a crankbait or spinnerbait. This is off subject but if the fish are hitting the lure when as soon as it lands it might not hurt to try a topwater bait. People always say let the fish tell you what they want this might be what they mean. Where do follow up fish go? They don't always swim back to where they were. Sometimes they hang out right next to you especially if there is some cover like wood or big rocks. If you're in a boat they'll hang under the boat. If you're standing in the middle of the river they'll hang in the eddy you've created. Always check the eddie you're making I have to remember that. Trying different lures seems to help. If you've caught a few fish and a few followed in going to a different lure seems to catch a few more. Does changing color help get a few more bites? I'll have to try that. How about multiple fish following up? Usually you have a small fish on and a big one is trailing behind. But sometimes you get a big one with a whole bunch of big ones following. When this happens it's nice to have some one along to catch the follow up fish. When you get it to work it's pretty cool. Either way it helps your confidence in a spot to see all those fish. Paying attention being ready for the last minute strike is where I struggle I'm trying to work the lure more with the rod the last few feet of the cast. One way to make up for all these missed fish is to fish good water, get lots of bites and stay out forever. These are the fun details to work out. Phil Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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