This technique works well with paddle tail lures such as the Fiiish Black Minnow or Illex Nitro Shad. It can also be used with casting jigs or metals.
The basic principle is to lift the lure in water column by raising the rod tip – then allow the lure to sink or fall back down, as it does the lure flutters down and attracts near by predators. Try using this technique off rocks, into deep water for Pollack or Coalfish.
The key is to keep the line tight at all times. This allows you to keep in contact with the lure and detect any bites or hits you may get.
It is especially deadly for targeting Bass in our estuaries. Cast up current and allow the lure to sink, picking up any slack in the line. Once the lure starts to bump the bottom, lift the rod up in one steady motion – this ‘draws’ the lure upwards off the bottom. Once the lure has reached its peak, follow it down with the rod tip, slowly reeling the slack as it falls – this is the ‘sink’.
As the lure drops, the paddle tail will vibrate rapidly, appealing to the Bass. Often the fish will smash the lure as it sinks or drops back down the water column.