How To Fish The Zara Spook | Walk The Dog | Bass Fishing

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, any
of those type of cigar type baits. Just soyou know what we’re talking about here are
these baits right here. We’ve got a Zara Spookhere and a Lucky Craft Sammy over here. These
are the types of baits we’re talking abouttoday. What we’re going to do here, I want
to take you through the types of equipmentto use for them, times of year, how to rig
them and especially how to walk the dog, howto fish it. First of all, we’ll talk a little about when
to fish them. Best time to fish this baitis late spring say just after they spawn all
the way through the fall, so the warmer timesof the year. That’s not to say it won’t produce
in the winter time. It can but there are otherbaits that are more productive during that
time of the year. It really shines duringthe warmer months of the year. That’s when
you want to be throwing this thing. Throwit across points, throw it across shallow
humps, throw it across drop offs, rocky areas,places that have. . . if there’s submerged weeds
just under the surface. That’s actually thebest time or best place to fish, that’s what
you want. That hump has some weeds on thetop of it, man that’s a prime location. Throw
it over the top, I’m telling you what. Fishare going to clobber it. Now, the different colors that I use. This
floats on the surface so the fish, they’relooking up and all they see is just a silhouette
really. So colors don’t have as much of animpact. What I look at is the color of the
belly because that’s the bottom of the fishand you want to make it look natural. Most
bait fish, they’re white on the bottom, justlike that. They’re just white. It’s got a
neat a pattern on the top and everything butthe fish really isn’t going to see that. It’s
the bottom that I care about. White bottom,that’s my go to bait. In really ultra clear
water where I can see the bottom and say,25 feet of water or more — and I do fish
water like that — I go for a little bit moreof a translucent color. I don’t know if you
can 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 neck
of 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 lake
I’m fishing in and that’s about it. Don’tgo really hog wild with a whole bunch of other
colors because you really don’t need themall. That’s the basics of it. One thing I want to tell you about is the
hooks. On the Sammies, you’ll see they’reattached by a split ring whereas on the Zara
Spooks, they got a hanger right here thatthey attach to. There’s a couple of schools
of thought to that. Some people think thatby having it by a split ring there that the
fish are less apt to throw the bait. Theyfeel like here, it gives them a little too
much leverage and the fish can throw the bait. Honestly, I don’t think that that’s the cause
of why people lose this bait sometimes. It’s a top water bait, so it’s a different
kind of strike. A lot of times especiallywith smallmouth, they just slap it. They come
out and smack them on the side of it. So ifyou don’t hook them very well, they just suck
it 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 the
fish hit it, wait until he it pulls it underthe water and he’s got it in his mouth. Wait
till you feel the weight of that fish thenset the hook. A lot of times, that’s why these
baits get thrown is people set the hooks toosoon. You only got them by the skin of their
lip or you only got one hook in them, youbarely got them and they just pop off. I don’t
think it’s so much whether or not this hookis hanging here or attached this way, it’s
more so setting the hook and also making sureyour hooks are ultra, ultra sharp. I sharpen
my hooks right out of the package. Most ofthe time, hooks aren’t sharp enough for me
so I sharpen them right out of the package. I can get them sharper than they were when
they came right out of the production facility. I’ve got a video on how I do that and how
I sharpen those hooks, I’ll link it underneaththis video for you so you can check it out
later but I sharpen ultra, ultra sharp. Sowhen those fish come out and just slap at
it, I have a much greater chance of hookingthose fish and getting it past the barb so
I don’t lose them when I bring them back in. Sharp hooks, wait till you feel the weight
of 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. I
don’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’t
tie directly to the eye of the bait. A lotof people do that and you can walk the dog
doing it that way, don’t get me wrong. Butit’s a lot easier if you have a little loop
knot in the front or if you’ve got a splitring or a snap, that allows the bait to swing
freely and it’s a lot easier to walk the dogthat way. So what I do, I use a snap. I’m just using
a snap on this bait today and that’s the wayI rig it. I don’t use a split ring because
split rings, they’ve got those wires thatcome right close together. Eventually, your
line’s going to find that notch and settleright in there and when you’re walking the
dog, that line’s going back and forth throughthat little notch. Eventually, you’re going
to get a little nick in there and wear thatline down and the line can break off right
at the worst moment. That’s why I don’t usea split ring. I don’t use a loop knot primarily
because when you see all these tests aboutdifferent knot strengths, a Palomar knot or
a Uni knot, much more stronger than a loopknot. So, here I’ve got a Uni knot tied to
my snap and this is the number one snap, theremight a number two snap. I think it’s a number
two and it’s tied right to the Zara Spookright there. That’s my go to way of rigging
it, works fantastic. This line here, I’ll tell you a little bit
about the line I’m using. This is 15 poundcopolymer line. It’s not fluorocarbon nor
is it braid and I’ll tell you why. Fluorocarbonabsorbs water and it tends to sink. That goes
down underneath the surface and it’s a bitharder to walk the dog when the line is trying
to get down underneath the water and pullthe bait down underneath the surface. I don’t
use fluorocarbon. Fluorocarbon is also a littlebit wiry, it’s got a little bit spring to
it and it’s a little bit more difficult towork the bait that way. Braid, a lot of people
love to use braid for top waters because it’smore buoyant and tends to stay on the surface
better. Not a problem. You want to use it,knock yourself out. I don’t use braid because
it’s not as supple, it’s not as flexible ascopolymer line and so I don’t get that back
and forth. I like to swing it, I like to makebig sweeps back and forth and I don’t get
that 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 the
bite so the whole sensitivity thing is outthe window as far as braid is concerned. Doesn’t
matter, you’re going to see the strike, soI use copolymer line. I have that tied on to a medium fast action
rod and that’s critical. See that bend inthere? It’s got a fast tip to it, medium fast
action 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 soft
tip, it helps in walking the dog. It has thatspring to it and allows you to work it really
well. If you have a really stiff rod, it’sa lot harder to walk the dog that way. The
rod 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 a
tendency to rip out if you’re using a realstout rod. So that rod’s got that give as
you 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 than
seven foot. This one’s actually a six ten. Excuse me, it’s a six eight rod and there’s
a real distinct reason for that and that’sbecause when you’re walking the dog on the
boat or even on the shore but you’re pointingthe rod tip down to the water and getting
it right near the surface and with the sevenfoot rod, it’s hard to get it pointing down
far enough. You’ve got to stick it out a littlebit further then the rod tip tends to hit
the surface. So, six eight or six ten dependingon how tall you are. If you’re a real tall
guy 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 you
rig 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 point
right out, tapers out nice and slow and there’ssome weeds right underneath the water. The
fish are probably right up in there, so let’ssee if I can’t call them out. First thing
you want to do when you’re casting these things,throw it out there, just engage the spool
and that’s it. Just let it sit. Let the ringsdissipate. I can’t tell you how many times
I’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’re
moving it with the reel. Just get the slackup and then also, what you’ll do is get a
little 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 wrist
and letting it come back up. You’re just puttingslack in the line. That’s the key to this
bait is slack, letting it go back and forth. Don’t think of it in terms of popping it but
instead, think of it in terms of putting slackin the line. You pop it, reel up, a little
bit 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 with
it. 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, let
those 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 fishing
this bait is you don’t want to reel the baitor move the bait with your reel. You want
to 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 forth
as it goes past the target you want to fish. Cast beyond it, let the rings dissipate and
get the cadence going. You can do it reallyfast, you can do it really slow, you can even
pause it in between but the key is to experimentwith this. One other thing you want to keep
in mind here when you’re doing the back andforth here . . . Ooh, I just had a fish follow
it. 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’ve
got to keep in mind. Slack in the line, reelup the slack between jerks and then pop slack
in the line again. It’s all in the wrist,that’s all I’m doing. Notice I’m not moving
my forearm, not moving my arm or shoulderor anything, it’s just light pops with the
wrist. That’s all it takes and it just takesa little cadence. A little bit of practice
but not that hard to do. It really isn’t allthat hard to do. Keep these things in mind
and you’ll have a great time in the water. For more tips and tricks like this, visit
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