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Does anyone still use a flatfish lure anymore and what type of retrieve works best?

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Slow retrieve.  I find the slow wobble still gets the wary ones.  I'll use it when I get follows and no hits on a rapala or if I know the fish are there.  

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I just love the action on these old lures. When I finally put down the jerkbaits, tubes and the drop shot, I'll troll very slowly with the electric. Just fast enough to keep the flatfish gyrating, but not listing to one side or the other. Great on smallmouth bass! Just a tad tedious to fish.

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I generally fish them slow.  The slower the retrieve the deeper they go.  Since I fish rivers and creeks more I use them just below riffles and at the base of dams and waterfalls in the swirling water.  Just about anything that swims seems to like them in my local waters.  Makes fishing with my ultralight interesting.

Have fished them like a jerk bait with some success also.

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