Originally Posted by Francis Daignault
You pretty much remembered it pretty well, Meister. He was popping a swimmer: what he did was throw a big blue Atom 40, let it lay there for a long time, up to a full minute without moving it, then pop it violently once, then let it lay there again for quite long. A bass would then gulp it. Doing this over and over, he got several big bass -- 25 to 40 pounds. Of course in those days there were no small bass. It was probably around 1977.
That pretty much sums up my contribution. If the atom 40 is that big ( not always big I guess) blue and white foam guy with a metal lip, it is exactly my thing but I do it with pencils too.
Coupled with a lack of experience when I started fishing the surf hard I was lost. You guys helped, a local old timer gave me advice,
( STRUCTURE- and real slow and then slower)
and translated my boyhood technique of freshwater fishing for bass. twitching a worm ( not to be connected with my peeing) and how I plugged for bass. A lot of things came together...had an epiphany.
Peeing often- I would cast, pee and holy cow BAM! A hit as the damn lure just floated... so I do it often. When I did fish near guys with pencil poppers I was amazed how they were fished.. fast jerky dance... I do it sometimes. But mostly I cast it, take up slack before it hits ( as stated above by somebody else) I start the biz the minute it hits the water. Then I stop, drift, twitch, drift, retrieve, stop-start drift.. A wounded fish.... you get it . One day in Montauk I got a fish on every other cast right after I let it drift and began the retrieve.