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How do you determine the most productive swimbait retrieve speed?

Determining the most productive swimbait retrieve speed can be influenced by various factors such as water temperature, water clarity, wind, sunlight intensity, time of day, and the mood and personality of the fish. In general, the clearer and warmer the water, the faster your retrieve should be. Conversely, in colder or murkier water, a slower retrieve is often more effective.

One common retrieve technique is a straight slow steady retrieve. This involves casting out your swimbait and reeling it in at a consistent, slow pace. This retrieve works well when the bass are aggressive and actively feeding.

Another technique is a stop-and-go retrieve, which involves periodically pausing or hesitating the retrieve. This can be done by briefly stopping the retrieve, giving the swimbait a quick jerk or pull, and then resuming the retrieve. This stop-and-go retrieve can trigger strikes from bass that are more hesitant or finicky.

Experimentation is key in determining the most productive retrieve speed. Pay attention to the bites you get and adjust your retrieve speed accordingly. If you're not getting any bites, try speeding up or slowing down your retrieve to see what the fish respond to.

It's important to note that the specific retrieve speed can vary depending on the type of swimbait you're using and the specific fishing conditions. Different swimbaits may require different retrieve speeds to achieve the desired action. Additionally, factors such as the depth at which the fish are suspended and the presence of baitfish can also influence the retrieve speed.

Ultimately, finding the right retrieve speed is a matter of trial and error. Pay attention to the video context and the tips provided by experienced anglers like Randy Blaukat, and use that information as a starting point for your own experimentation on the water.

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Two HUGE Mistakes I See Average Anglers Making Every Trip by Intuitive Angling With Randy Blaukat now speed is all relative to a lot of different stuff it's relative to water temperature water clarity the type of bait you're fishing the mood and the personality of the fish sky conditions there's a lot of different variables out there but when i see a lot of anglers working a crank bait or a jerk bait or a spinner bait or even a slow bit like a or shaky head i see them simply retrieving too fast or too slow in order to generate that strike when you're talking about retrieves you have got to match your retrieve speed to the mood and the personality of the fish in general you're going to find out that the clearer the warmer the water is the faster your retrieve needs to be and as the water temperature and clarity goes down the slower your retrieve needs to be also there are very few situations where just a straight retrieve is the best most of the time it's some type of a combination of a stop and go stop and pull stop and hesitation it's that type of retrieve that triggers those bass to strike i see so many guys out there like i said they're reeling too fast they're reeling too slow you've got to find that right balance of retrieve speed now a lot of the times that's just experimentation but most of the time i see a lot of guys they they're not
The 3 Types Of Retrieves You Must Master With Swimbaits…(Magdraft And Others) by Intuitive Angling With Randy Blaukat things it can be affected by wind it can be affected by water clarity sunlight intensity time of day all that type of stuff but i'm going to give you the three that you want to look at the three that we're going to try the first one to try is the easiest and the one most people use is just a straight slow steady retrieve just throw it out there you know i usually like to keep my rod tip you know straight at the bait i usually don't i don't want it high i don't want it low i keep it straight to the bait and just a nice slow steady retrieve like that and what you have to do on the mag draft is when it first hits the water speed it up real quick to get that tail flapping because if you just start barely cranking it when you first hit some water a lot of times that tail won't wobble so just give it a couple quick cranks right off the bat to get the tail going and then just a nice slow steady retrieve this works if the bass are pretty aggressive the thing about what you don't want to do is you don't want to use you know like a medium medium fast retrieve on this thing because what happens if you retrieve it too fast the thing will blow out and run to the side
This Element In Bass Fishing Is The No. 1 Most Overlooked Fishing Strategy by Intuitive Angling With Randy Blaukat generate the strike a lot of that comes with just getting a bite here and there experimenting with the speed of retrieve experiment how fast that you're moving down that particular bank and once you dial into that that's when you can really figure out what the right right pace is plantation down to rocky bank or riprap bank and the pre-spawn time of the year say with a you know a crankbait like a wiggle ward or something like that i have to determine number one how fast i need to move that trolling motor number two you know how many casts i need to make a minute number three the distance of the cast number four the speed of retrieve on each one of those casts and once i get a few bites in there then i can figure out the pace that i need to be fishing sometimes the pace may be slow i may have to dial that motor back to three sometimes it may be a little bit more aggressive and i can put that trolling motor on five or six and cover more water so a lot of that is just sort of out of the haphazard how you feel you know you need to most efficiently and effectively cover that particular area and let's take the another let's take the off the opposite end of it say for example you're fishing it's the fall time of the year you're fishing a clear water
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