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BASS FISHING: HOW TO MASTER THE WALK THE DOG TECHNIQUE

‘Walk the dog’ is a fishing technique that all anglers must have in their arsenal. This particular method allows surface baits to produce a back-and-forth movement that mimics a dying baitfish which Bass find hard to resist. The technique is guaranteed to generate a lot of strikes. Here are some tips to help you master the walk the dog technique.

WHEN TO WALK THE DOG

The walk the dog technique is best used when fish are on the surface of the water. Weather-wise, this will be in warmer temperatures and cloudy skies. Bass are much more active and regularly feed during this time. The presence of a little wind will also help your presentation.

BEST LURE AND GEAR

Topwater lures, which have slim, tapered bodies, are the most suitable for the walk the dog technique. Their cigar-like build mimics baitfish that your target fish species tend to find very irresistible. When choosing your lure, make sure it’s heavy enough. This will allow it to go the distance when casting your line. Some anglers also choose poppers as they produce noise that makes them even more alluring to the likes of Bass.

The walk the dog technique is most effective when used with a 7-foot medium-heavy rod. The rod has to be long enough for you to be able to make a long cast and it should have a fast action tip to allow for the optimal zigzag movement. You can use either monofilament or braided line, but fluorocarbon isn’t advised as it will be too stiff.

HOW TO WALK THE DOG

To execute this technique, you start with a long cast. This is so that the Bass doesn’t immediately notice your presence and will follow your lure as it makes its way back to you. Your rod should be pointed downward slightly, with the tip just above the water. During the retrieve, twitch your rod in a side-to-side motion. Use your wrist to create this movement. Keep repeating as you reel your line towards you. Don’t pull it on a tight line because this will just pull the lure straight towards you. Instead, leaving some slack in your line will allow the lure to move left to right.

Throughout this retrieve, it’s essential to get a rhythm going. Once you’ve mastered the basic presentation, you can add some variety such as quick pauses in between. You can also make adjustments when it comes to speed and tempo.

As you walk the dog, the Bass will undoubtedly attempt to strike your lure. For any beginner, it is a challenge to master the walk the dog technique at first. But as long as you make sure that you’re familiar with all the different aspects of this method and keep practising, you’ll get the hang of it soon enough.

 


 

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Jackson Williams
jacksonw@dinga.com.au

Jackson Williams has been fishing around Australia for 20 years and loves his home region of far north Queensland.