Yo-Yo'ing and Snapping in Fall Blade Bait Bass Fishing
When fishing some of the deeper lakes, reservoirs, and rivers of the Northeast and throughout blade baits work great catching those fish that are holding on or near off-shore structures and suspended in flooded timber.
In most situations a vertical presentation will require you to position your boat directly over the structure or school of fish. Once positioned over the fish drop your lure down keeping in constant contact and closely watching your line. Your strikes are going to come on the fall, so you need to let the lure fall on a semi-tight line. If you don't, you won't feel the little "tick" that indicates a strike.
Drop the bait down letting it sink on a tight line to the bottom or desired depth. Slowly lift the rod tip to about the 12 o'clock position as the blad bait vibrates or thumps once or twice.
Then just stop lifting and let the lure sink back down against steady line tension. Simultaneously drop the rod tip to the 2 o'clock position. Repeat this a few times and retrieve the lure back up and drop it again a few inches from where it was. This is sometimes called "yo-yo" ing.
You can also snap it. Similar to the yo-yo technique, drop the bait down letting it sink on a tight line to the bottom or desired depth. Sharply snap the blade bait so it moves 6 - 18 inches vibrating vigorously. Then let the vibrating metal lure sink back down while keeping a semi taught line while simultaneously dropping the rod tip. Repeat this a few times and retrieve the lure back up and drop it again a few inches from where it was.
The height or distance of the snap is determined by how aggressive the fish are. If you find they are actively roaming and chasing the baitfish you can snap it with greater distance. The reverse if the fish are holding tight to structure and just below the bait.
Sometimes the bass want a slow, short hop, and sometimes they want you to rip the bait 5 or 6 feet up off the bottom. You just have to experiment until you figure out what they're looking for.
One last thing: “Less is best!” (Here’s a hint. Try fishing your blade bait like a worm.)