How To Fish Walking Baits
Top water fishing is not only effective, it can be extremely exciting. So, next time you're throwing a top water walking bait, make sure you use this techniques.
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Top water action can be some of the most exciting fishing there is. I'm Travis, again, with Lucky Tackle Box. And today, we're going to break down walking baits like the Livingston Pro Sizzle, where we're going to break down different retrievals and different locations, so you can really throw this bait to really maximize that crazy action out on the water. Let's break down this technique, starting with rigging. This bait is good to go right out of the box. But, let's talk about some specific characteristics that are unique to Livingston.
First, this bait, like all Livingston lures, is equipped with EBS technology. That's Electric Bait Fish sounds, which means that the second this bait hits the water, it's actually emitting the sounds that are mimicking actual bait fish. This can be huge at triggering some of those big, big blowups.
Second, this bait actually comes with a light in it, so throughout the cast, it's actually flashing a little light that can also be huge in triggering strikes.
All right, we're talking about the equipment. First, I want to talk about the line. This is a floating bait so I want to use floating line. I'm either going to go with a mono or a braided line. We don't want to use fluorocarbon because fluorocarbon going to sink and pull that bait under.
Second, I'm usually going to use about a 15 to 20-pound mono or what I prefer, is a real heavy braid. I'm going to go 60 to 80-pound braid. Now, I know a lot of people go, "60 to 80-pound braid? What? Why in the world would you ever need line that heavy?" Let me explain why. When you're working this bait a lot of times and it's going side to side, if you have light line, it will actually tangle up in the back hooks and stuff because that line is real limber and stuff and it's going to end up getting caught back in those hooks and the O-rings.
However, if you have thicker line, 60 to 80-pound braid, this line is stiff. So, as you're pulling that bait through the water, it's actually going to stay more straight and you're not going to get that, the tangles like you do with lighter line. Something to think about.
The second reason is because I'm really trying to hit specific targets with this, I'm trying to get into little pockets and things, a lot of times you're going to snag up on tullies, little brush, and stuff. You want to be able to pull that line out without having to go in there and really disturb everything. Especially when you're fishing from the shore, you use heavy line, you're going to be able to pull this thing free from a lot of snags.
The last is rod selection. Now, I want to emphasize, there's a lot of different rods to throw on this technique because there's some different actions you can get out of it. You need enough backbone to really huck this bait out, so medium to medium-heavy rod. Then, it goes down to the action of that rod tip. A fast-action rod tip, I can really work that thing quick. I can do tight little walking motion and get that bait moving through the water calm real fast. But, if I have an extra fast rod tip, that tip is going to give more and it's going to allow that bait to really have wider walking. Also, I will be able to keep that bait in one spot. If I cast it around the corner of a dock or around a tree and I really just twitch this bait, it's almost going to stay in one place as it walks back and forth.
I have three different retrieves that usually work for me in most situations. First one is a fast walking motion. What I do is I put that rod tip down and I make fast little twitches with the rod as I'm reeling in the slack and that makes that bait have a nice, tight little walk. Do it and it looks like bait scurrying across the top. Now, every once in a while, I'll pause that bait for just a second or two and a lot of times, that can be all that it takes. If a fish is tracking or something, that's what they actually need to go and actually hammer that bait.
The second is a wide walking motion. I call this the Lazy Walk. With this retrieve, I'm trying to make this bait have a nice, wide walking action. To do this, you make the cast, put the rod tip down but you have a little slack in your line as you're making these twitches. You're going to twitch a little bit harder and then, pause. That's going to allow that bait to have a nice, wide wobble. Because you have slack in the line, that bait will actually almost be able to curve backward. Then, you twitch it again, it'll curve backwards. This is good at really covering water nice and slowly. A lot of times, this is where I can get some of my bigger bass to bite.
My last retrieve is more for specific areas. You know when you're casting to the corner of a dock or maybe the pocket in some tullies, where that strike zone is real small and you want to keep that bait in one place for a long period of time.
What I'll do is, I'll cast right into the pocket of some tullies or something and a real slack line. Give it a little jerk but I want to let slack back in that line. Because the idea is for that bait as it walks, you want it to curve back around. Then as you walk it again, it's going to walk all the way back almost returning to the same spot. The idea is you can keep that bait in that strike zone for longer and entice some of these bigger fish that are sitting in there to basically hit it out of pure aggression. They get annoyed from it and slam it.
You can really throw this bait in a lot of different areas. Whether its rocky banks, weed lines. around tullies. As long as you've got open water, you don't have weeds up on the surface, you can really throw this bait and walking the different motions you have.
Now, anytime I have a long stretch of bank, like this rocky bank, or I've got a lot of weed line or something to fish, I'll switch back and forth from a...basically, I'll cover it first with this fast retrieve, right? So, I can cover a lot of water and figure out where those active fish are. But, if I get into an area where I know they're at and I feel confident and I want to fish it a little more thoroughly, spend a little bit more time on it, I'll go to that wider walking motion. Because I can really slow that bait down and I feel like I can really entice some fish that aren't always going to bite something moving too fast.
I like throwing this bait in shallow water. I do the best, anywhere from about one foot to four feet of water. If you're fishing any deeper, you got to make sure you make a little bit more noise and sometimes pause that bait a little bit longer so you can entice those fish that are down deeper to come up and get it.
Top water fishing is not only effective, it can be extremely exciting. So, next time you're throwing a top water walking bait like the Livingston Pro Sizzle, make sure you're trying different locations but you're also experimenting with different retrieves in those different areas. You will be surprised at how much you can maximize that top water bite.
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