Easy Does it…Fishing Soft-baits “slow and low” was probably the first retrieve method for fishing soft-baits when they were designed to imitate worms. As a result, this retrieve is most commonly used by fresh water bass anglers, even today. That said, this technique is effective in salt water.
Fishing soft baits slow and low is an effective technique for fishing weed-less baits over structure.
- Step 1: Cast toward your desired target and let your bait sink all the way the bottom. This may take a minute or two if you’re in deeper water.
- Step 2: Once your bait has settled, raise the tip of your rod and slowly take a turn-two-or-three. Pause and let your bait sink to the bottom.
- Step 3: Repeat steps 1 and 2 for entire retrieve. Be ready, you will find many of your hits come from on the fall.
- Step 4: A hit using this technique will be very subtle regardless of fish size. Let the fish take the bait for a few seconds before setting the hook.
If fish are holding on structure, be sure to work all levels of the water column. Deep jigging is an excellent way to target structure in deep water. Vary your retrieve and presentation.