The Horizontal Yo-Yo for Fall/Winter Blade Bait Bass Fishing
There are a variety of presentations and retrieves that work with the blade bait, but a lift and flutter retrieve can be the best one to start with. I like using it, and have found some good success.
Start with a 2foot upward snap as you retrieve, but try moving it to shorter or bigger. Usually the colder the water, the slower and smaller your hops should be.
You really have to keep good control of your line and properly follow the slack. If it stops falling early, you have to be ready to set the hook. So you raise your rod up to about 10 o’clock position, then as it falls you drop the rod tip so there is a slight bow the whole time in the line but it’s not laying slack on the surface of the water, reeling in slack to maintain a consistent bow. If the line suddenly stops falling before you think it should or you see it snap tight, it’s time to set the hook.
like to try to get as shallow as I can on a cast, keeping in mind that you’ve got to move the bait immediately or it can snag. Then as I work it out on a steady retrieve, I will start my yo-yo retrieve when I feel there is enough water to start letting it drop safely.
On the yo-yo retrieve you also are keeping semi-taut line and anticipating when it hits bottom because you never really want it to stay there.
You want it to just touch bottom and then you’ll raise your rod again and let it fall. So as you lower your rod, you’re taking up line watching to keep that small bow in the line to let the bait fall naturally. Then as it just goes slack, you raise it again. How hard and fast you raise the rod is really a matter of the mood of the fish. Sometimes you’ll snap it up. Other times you’ll barely pull it up, feeling that light thump as you do. All the time, retrieving!
I wanted to give some more thorough info on yo-yoing compared to what I shared before. hope it helps.