Hey folks, Glenn May here with BassResource. com. Today, I’m going to talk to you about fishingthe Zara Spook or the Lucky Craft Sammy, anyof those type of cigar type baits. Just soyou know what we’re talking about here arethese baits right here. We’ve got a Zara Spookhere and a Lucky Craft Sammy over here. Theseare the types of baits we’re talking abouttoday. What we’re going to do here, I wantto take you through the types of equipmentto use for them, times of year, how to rigthem and especially how to walk the dog, howto fish it. First of all, we’ll talk a little about whento fish them. Best time to fish this baitis late spring say just after they spawn allthe way through the fall, so the warmer timesof the year. That’s not to say it won’t producein the winter time. It can but there are otherbaits that are more productive during thattime of the year. It really shines duringthe warmer months of the year. That’s whenyou want to be throwing this thing. Throwit across points, throw it across shallowhumps, throw it across drop offs, rocky areas,places that have. . . if there’s submerged weedsjust under the surface. That’s actually thebest time or best place to fish, that’s whatyou want. That hump has some weeds on thetop of it, man that’s a prime location. Throwit over the top, I’m telling you what. Fishare going to clobber it. Now, the different colors that I use. Thisfloats on the surface so the fish, they’relooking up and all they see is just a silhouettereally. So colors don’t have as much of animpact. What I look at is the color of thebelly because that’s the bottom of the fishand you want to make it look natural. Mostbait fish, they’re white on the bottom, justlike that. They’re just white. It’s got aneat a pattern on the top and everything butthe fish really isn’t going to see that. It’sthe bottom that I care about. White bottom,that’s my go to bait. In really ultra clearwater where I can see the bottom and say,25 feet of water or more — and I do fishwater like that — I go for a little bit moreof a translucent color. I don’t know if youcan see that very well but you can kind ofsee through it. It’s a semi transparent color. Sometimes I’ll go and even go and do a completelyclear bait for those situations. In my neckof the woods, the forage base is primarilyperch. For those, I’ve got this perch pattern,it’s got a yellow belly to it. Again, I’mjust trying to match the forage of the lakeI’m fishing in and that’s about it. Don’tgo really hog wild with a whole bunch of othercolors because you really don’t need themall. That’s the basics of it. One thing I want to tell you about is thehooks. On the Sammies, you’ll see they’reattached by a split ring whereas on the ZaraSpooks, they got a hanger right here thatthey attach to. There’s a couple of schoolsof thought to that. Some people think thatby having it by a split ring there that thefish are less apt to throw the bait. Theyfeel like here, it gives them a little toomuch leverage and the fish can throw the bait. Honestly, I don’t think that that’s the causeof why people lose this bait sometimes. It’s a top water bait, so it’s a differentkind of strike. A lot of times especiallywith smallmouth, they just slap it. They comeout and smack them on the side of it. So ifyou don’t hook them very well, they just suckit in. You don’t get a good hook set. Anda lot it is to blame on the fisherman himself. Sometimes the fisherman, you see that strikeand boom, you just set the hook right way. With this bait, you have to wait. You haveto refrain from doing that. When you see thefish hit it, wait until he it pulls it underthe water and he’s got it in his mouth. Waittill you feel the weight of that fish thenset the hook. A lot of times, that’s why thesebaits get thrown is people set the hooks toosoon. You only got them by the skin of theirlip or you only got one hook in them, youbarely got them and they just pop off. I don’tthink it’s so much whether or not this hookis hanging here or attached this way, it’smore so setting the hook and also making sureyour hooks are ultra, ultra sharp. I sharpenmy hooks right out of the package. Most ofthe time, hooks aren’t sharp enough for meso I sharpen them right out of the package. I can get them sharper than they were whenthey came right out of the production facility. I’ve got a video on how I do that and howI sharpen those hooks, I’ll link it underneaththis video for you so you can check it outlater but I sharpen ultra, ultra sharp. Sowhen those fish come out and just slap atit, I have a much greater chance of hookingthose fish and getting it past the barb soI don’t lose them when I bring them back in. Sharp hooks, wait till you feel the weightof the fish before you set the hook, thosetwo things will save you a lot of heartache. As far as rigging it, here’s the thing. Idon’t see a lot of people talk about this. I don’t feel like it’s a secret or anything. I don’t know why I don’t see a lot of peopletalking about this but here’s the thing. Don’ttie directly to the eye of the bait. A lotof people do that and you can walk the dogdoing it that way, don’t get me wrong. Butit’s a lot easier if you have a little loopknot in the front or if you’ve got a splitring or a snap, that allows the bait to swingfreely and it’s a lot easier to walk the dogthat way. So what I do, I use a snap. I’m just usinga snap on this bait today and that’s the wayI rig it. I don’t use a split ring becausesplit rings, they’ve got those wires thatcome right close together. Eventually, yourline’s going to find that notch and settleright in there and when you’re walking thedog, that line’s going back and forth throughthat little notch. Eventually, you’re goingto get a little nick in there and wear thatline down and the line can break off rightat the worst moment. That’s why I don’t usea split ring. I don’t use a loop knot primarilybecause when you see all these tests aboutdifferent knot strengths, a Palomar knot ora Uni knot, much more stronger than a loopknot. So, here I’ve got a Uni knot tied tomy snap and this is the number one snap, theremight a number two snap. I think it’s a numbertwo and it’s tied right to the Zara Spookright there. That’s my go to way of riggingit, works fantastic. This line here, I’ll tell you a little bitabout the line I’m using. This is 15 poundcopolymer line. It’s not fluorocarbon noris it braid and I’ll tell you why. Fluorocarbonabsorbs water and it tends to sink. That goesdown underneath the surface and it’s a bitharder to walk the dog when the line is tryingto get down underneath the water and pullthe bait down underneath the surface. I don’tuse fluorocarbon. Fluorocarbon is also a littlebit wiry, it’s got a little bit spring toit and it’s a little bit more difficult towork the bait that way. Braid, a lot of peoplelove to use braid for top waters because it’smore buoyant and tends to stay on the surfacebetter. Not a problem. You want to use it,knock yourself out. I don’t use braid becauseit’s not as supple, it’s not as flexible ascopolymer line and so I don’t get that backand forth. I like to swing it, I like to makebig sweeps back and forth and I don’t getthat as much with braid. I don’t feel braid’sgot enough flexibility to allow it to do that,just holds it back a bit. That’s why I usecopolymer and heck, you’re going to see thebite so the whole sensitivity thing is outthe window as far as braid is concerned. Doesn’tmatter, you’re going to see the strike, soI use copolymer line. I have that tied on to a medium fast actionrod and that’s critical. See that bend inthere? It’s got a fast tip to it, medium fastaction rod. Couple things about that. First,it allows me to fling this bait way out there. It’s a fairly heavy bait so you can shootit out a country mile. Plus with that softtip, it helps in walking the dog. It has thatspring to it and allows you to work it reallywell. If you have a really stiff rod, it’sa lot harder to walk the dog that way. Therod has to have some give in it in order forit to work well. Plus with these treble hooks,I always like having a rod that’s got a lotof give to it because treble hooks have atendency to rip out if you’re using a realstout rod. So that rod’s got that give asyou fight the fish back to the boat, he’snot going to tear these hooks out of his mouth. Now, the rod’s length is actually less thanseven foot. This one’s actually a six ten. Excuse me, it’s a six eight rod and there’sa real distinct reason for that and that’sbecause when you’re walking the dog on theboat or even on the shore but you’re pointingthe rod tip down to the water and gettingit right near the surface and with the sevenfoot rod, it’s hard to get it pointing downfar enough. You’ve got to stick it out a littlebit further then the rod tip tends to hitthe surface. So, six eight or six ten dependingon how tall you are. If you’re a real tallguy like six four or higher, hey, seven footrod might be just fine for you but for me,us short guys, something under seven footis an ideal rod for walking the dog. Alright, there’s the colors, there’s how yourig it, there’s the different size baits,the different line, now let’s go fish it. So what I’m fishing here is I’ve got a pointright out, tapers out nice and slow and there’ssome weeds right underneath the water. Thefish are probably right up in there, so let’ssee if I can’t call them out. First thingyou want to do when you’re casting these things,throw it out there, just engage the spooland that’s it. Just let it sit. Let the ringsdissipate. I can’t tell you how many timesI’ve caught fish just letting the lure sitlike that and sometimes that’s all it takes. You just wait and bam, they’ll blast it. Letthe rings dissipate, we’ve done that. Now, reel up to the lure but not till you’removing it with the reel. Just get the slackup and then also, what you’ll do is get alittle pop, that’s it, just a twitch. Letit sit for a second, give it another pop. Start practice doing that. What you’re goingto do is you’re popping it with your wristand letting it come back up. You’re just puttingslack in the line. That’s the key to thisbait is slack, letting it go back and forth. Don’t think of it in terms of popping it butinstead, think of it in terms of putting slackin the line. You pop it, reel up, a littlebit slack, pop it, reel a little slack, popit, reel a little slack, it’s just that simple. What you’ve got to do is get a cadence withit. We’re going to throw it out, let it engagethe reel, let it sit, let the rings dissipate. All you’re just going to do is keep the rodtip down, point it down by the water, letthose rings dissipate, reel up that slackand then just pop reel, pop reel, pop reel. It’s a very simple little cadence but it’llsashay back and forth. The key to fishingthis bait is you don’t want to reel the baitor move the bait with your reel. You wantto move it with the rod tip and then a coupleof other things. When you cast out there,cast past the target that you want to bringit by, don’t cast at it, cast past it. You want it to be sashaying back and forthas it goes past the target you want to fish. Cast beyond it, let the rings dissipate andget the cadence going. You can do it reallyfast, you can do it really slow, you can evenpause it in between but the key is to experimentwith this. One other thing you want to keepin mind here when you’re doing the back andforth here . . . Ooh, I just had a fish followit. It’s all with your wrist. Notice, I’mnot using my forearm, I’m not using my arm,I’m not pulling it to one side, you’re poppingslack in the line. That’s the key thing you’vegot to keep in mind. Slack in the line, reelup the slack between jerks and then pop slackin the line again. It’s all in the wrist,that’s all I’m doing. Notice I’m not movingmy forearm, not moving my arm or shoulderor anything, it’s just light pops with thewrist. That’s all it takes and it just takesa little cadence. A little bit of practicebut not that hard to do. It really isn’t allthat hard to do. Keep these things in mindand you’ll have a great time in the water. For more tips and tricks like this, visitBassResource. com.