Walkin’ the dog can be the fastest way to catching the fish.
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Hi! I am Bob McNally. One of the most popular surface lure retrieves anywhere in the world is salt water. This retrieve is called the Walking the Dog. There is any number of lures that allow an angler to do this retrieve. Two of the most popular are the Top Dog by Mirr-O-Lure and the Zara Spook by Heddon. This retrieve has a lure that goes back and forth, back and forth in a constant cadence to it. It looks a lot like a mullet and it drives salt water fish crazy. Everything from dolphin to tarpon, snook even red-fish and sea trout, they love that kind of action.
The lures themselves have an inherent action. Having a little bit of rod tip working, really, really make these lures come live and increase your effectiveness for fishing. Let me show you how to work. The baitcasting tackle, many anglers will make a cast, let the lure sit a moment or two and you are work on that, pull it back and forth along with reeling manipulation, jerk the rod reel, jerk the rod reel, jerk the rod reel; the entire time you will doing that, you are watching the lure and see how your imparted action worked to the lure.
What you want is that lure zigzag and back and forth across the surface and if you get a strike from the game fish. The most important thing is never stop reeling, if you stop retrieving, thinking that the fish is going to strike and make an easier for him to the strike. Usually a game fish will turn away because that's not a natural reaction of a bait fish. It's hard to do it but anytime a fish strike, keep that lure moving, never stop it. Retrieving and moving your rod tip in a steady cadence, your increase in strike will be unbelievable with walking the dog.