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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2008 3:52 am 
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maybe you experienced lure anglers can help me out. been looking up 'walk the dog' to try this weekend and different sites seem to say different things.

a)one says that after casting, the rod should be kept horizontal to the water and then flicked downwards, pause and repeated.

b)the other says that the rod should be twitched sideways. so essentially the lure will either moved right or left and not directly towards you.

are both these techniques variations of the same thing?

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2008 12:04 pm 
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I prefer the first option that you mentioned. That got me some hits, did not hook up though.
Here is a video for you on walk the dog http://youtube.com/watch?v=r8n4rkkZTdg

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I assume you're fishing for pike and you have to remember that they're less inclined to chase surface lures in the cold rather than the summer.
That said, I've had fish off the top in the winter when there's been ice on the ground.

At the end of the day, the position of the rod is dictated by it's length. With a short baitcasting type rod, you will get the best contact with the lure by pointing it straight at the lure and jerking the tip down. With a longer spinning rod, you'll need to turn slightly side on to the lure and jerk the rod to the side in order to impart an action. Either way, the lure will come straigt back at you but what you are aiming to do is to make it flop from side to side on its way in.
In winter, use the slowest practical retrieve that you can. Cast the lure out, let it sit a couple of seconds and then give it a jerk, take up the slack and jerk it again and it'll flop to the other side. Keep doing this the whole way in and if the pike are in the mood you'll get explosive leapin the air takes.
Some specialist baits are weighted to glide after each jerk so they carry on moving first left and then right under their own momentum after each jerk but I've always done better with more blunt headed lures because I find that I can fish them slower.
As things warm up, you can slightly speed up the retieve because the pike will chase the lure.

Strangely enough, I've also found that these ultra slow retieve techniques work well for GT's when they're not in the mood to chase lures ripped as fast as you can reel in.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2008 5:48 pm 
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thanks guys,

lure_fisherman : thanks a ton for that.

ken : i was told that the pike in scotland are pretty inactive (unlike in england) and the best way to hook them would probably be dead bait. i actually want to try the floating lure for bass. i know they are still here. everytime i go to the sea i see anglers fishing off this embarkment with pier rods hook. iam limited to a spinning rod though.
as for the pike in the canals, going to try my luck with storm shads without the treble.

ps: ken don't come back it miserable up here. snow predicted for the week. and not to mention the flooding :wink:

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vikram


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