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Andrew Erickson

figure 8 with WTD baits?

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How are you suppose to figure 8 with a topwater WTD bait like a weagle,viper,doc ect.Im going up to miltona this weekend and never really knew the answer to my question so i thought i would ask all of you.thanks

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Convert the end of the retrieve SMOOTHLY into the boatside manuever. Using your rod tip, give it the side to side action as you would see the bait making normally, run this action into the figure 8 or Oval. I usually have the leader fairly close to the rod tip and have the tip right on the surface or submerged a bit. If you like you can take this action sub surface. Either way these lure dont exactly shine well at boatside manuevers..good luck

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I usually pull my topwaters an inch or two under, keeps me from making mistakes that would pull the bait away from fish.

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Dogger has it pretty well said.... Set it up to go into the 8 and submerge with the zig-zag pattern going to keep it with an action. If it's a hot fish it'll hopefully eat. The other option is to go for speed and see if it's a "speed thrills" kind of fish.

It's not the easiest thing to experiment on the fly with a follow but kind of read the fish and play it from there. Longer rod helps with this too, it allows more room to work with.

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