Rebel® Crickhopper™ and Bighopper
Crickhopper - 1-1/2", size 14 hook
Big Hopper - 1-3/4", size 10 hook
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The most consistantly productive retrieve for me has been to cast out and let the lure rest for 7 seconds. After the 7 secs, lightly twitch the lure. Most bites will come then. If not, a triple twitch then pause retrieve works well. Very light twitches are all thats need. If that's not working, try swimming the lure for 2-3 quick cranks in between pauses. At the end of the swimming retrieve let the lure float up on a slack line. Waking the bait is also a great retrieve.
it should help you increase your casting distance.
also put on lighter pound line.
that will also increase your casting distance.
Works great just trolling/floating slowly behind a float tube as well!
The crickhopper is 1/10 oz. and the big hopper is 1/4 oz.
your medium action rod is probably 1/4 oz to 1 1/4 oz lure rated.
If you can't cast at least 10 yards with your spinning reel, your line may be too thick. I would reccommend 8lb. Seaguar red label fluorocarbon. catalog # 38-426-900-08.
That stuff is really thin.
This is a great lure that will catch all sorts of panfish all types of ways.