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with Rick Clunn



Walking on water

doing it fast, t h a t motion is a lot quicker, you are not allow- ing it to turn. In other words, you’re only feeding back a little bit of line, just enough to get the turn started. Immediately before it kicks way off to the side, you’re actually stopping it and bringing it back to the other side. Your rod motion looks more like a happy puppy dog’s tail wagging. It’s really a much faster motion. You’re doing the same thing but just speeding up that motion about three times as fast as if you were trying to work it slow, and you’re only allowing the lure’s nose to turn, not its body. BWU

Part One, legendary angler Rick Clunn taught us the basic skills and best overall sequence of techniques for normal, everyday use of the Rico Suave. Here now, Rick reveals his special tricks and advanced techniques to maximize the effectiveness of the Rico Suave.

Occasionally, you can mix in some pauses while the bait is walking side to side. Simply stop it, let it pause and sit and then start walking it again. Ordinarily, you keep the Rico Suave walking most of the time, but this pause tactic is something to try until you fully gure out how the sh want it. That’s just the process of experimentation. You can never assume you do the same thing all the time with a bait. I’ve seen it where you walk it ten feet up to a bush that’s out there, and then you stop it beside that bush and let it sit there until the wake goes away. Sometimes the instant you start moving it away from that bush is when they explode on it. Sometimes they hit it once you stop while it sits there motionless. If you’re walking it and you come up to a bush and you stop, and the instant you stop it, you see a swirl under it and then the sh goes away, that may be a hint that they didn’t want you to stop it; that they were xing to hit it, and then you stopped it and they shied away from it because they got too good a look at it. So you really have got to be aware. Awareness is the key in everything in shing, and you’ve got to be tuned in to the bait and you’ve got to be tuned in to the way those rst few sh that you attracted came to the bait and what action they were responding to. I’m just saying you have to keep an open mind and let the sh decide how they prefer it, number one, to attract the strike, and number two, for the sh to really take the bait.

There’s not exactly one technique that is always going to catch the sh. Sometimes they want it worked very fast where you are basi- cally walking the Rico Suave very fast and you are really only allowing the nose to turn sideways a little bit, and then you are quickly kicking it back the other way – but again, just for a little bit. You are not getting what I call a full walk. This fast walk technique is more of an abbrevi- ated walk where the bait’s nose is just kind of moving back and forth, coming at you on the retrieve, and it is a very fast action. How you make that fast nose-twitching walk different than the standard walk is in how you move the rod. It’s best if you can visualize the standard or let’s call it the “slow walk” version rst, which is throw the bait out there, and reel up the slack so the rod is pointed at the bait and make about a one to two foot jerk of the rod tip. Then feed back about a half foot of that line. Reel in the newly- created slack, jerk 1 to 2 foot with the rod tip and then feed the tip back halfway. That’s the standard or slow walk technique. You jerk it and as you are feeding it back, you watch your bait turn and you just kind of let it turn and keep feeding your rod tip back toward it. You really want that bait to be on a slack line to make that turn so you’ve got to be feeding back line to it so you’ve got slack line or it won’t make that exaggerated side-to-side walk. Now if you are




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March/April 2011