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Just picked up a couple of these (Bone and Loon), do these fish just like every other WP...straight retrieve, vary the speed?

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yep, same as always. you can always pause and go also but that applies with any of the sizes

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Another for the straight retrieve. However, being a musky angler as well, I am known to change directions with my topwater. I can't say it's proven to work on bass, but my philosophy is if it's a tough bite, changing the cadence or direction may be the ticket! Just a thought if the bite is tough.

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With that bait you will just have to try different retrieves to see what works at the time.  If I am close to a big heavy clump of grass I will steady retrieve up to its outside edge, then pause for a minute for takers and sometimes it works and sometimes it does not.

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Depending on the wind I fish the WP differently. On a windy day with chop on the water I fish it straight retrieve.

 

On a dead calm day I fish it like a popper. Cast out let it sit till ripples die out then move my rod a bit to make the tail plop a bubble or two stop, wait repeat. The 4lb Smallmouth in my avatar on the left was caught that way on like glass calm water.

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I generally use a steady retrieve, but occasionally will make a couple really fast turns of the reel handle to create a burst of speed.  That seems to work for me.

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Slow, steady retrieve 100% of the time for me. 

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Cast, let it sit for longer than you think, give it a rip and hold on.   If no taker slow retrieve to the boat. 

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