How to Fish A Lytle's Secret Tail Spinner.
July 17, 2006
Secret Tail Spinner has a life-like action and a pounding vibration. This lure has produced extraordinary catches of largemouth
bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, striper, striper hybrid, white bass, northern pike, perch, and countless other species.
lure can be fished year-round: spring, summer, fall, and winter. Due to the unique design features, the Lytle’s Secret
can be used in a wider variety of presentations. You can fish the top, middle or bottom of the water column by controlling
the retrieve speed.
During the cold water period (winter, early spring, and late fall), look for the fish around deep
structures like creek channels, ledges, humps, deep drop offs, long points that fall into deep water, the deep edge of a flat,
and around the dam areas. If the fish are relating to the bottom, cast the lure toward the shallower water and let it sink
to the bottom with tension on the line as you follow it down. Once it hits bottom, slowly reel the lure in a few feet or more,
and then let it flutter back down to the bottom on a semi-tight line. Repeat the process and do this all the way back to the
boat. This is to imitate a dying or wounded bait fish. You can also slow roll the Lytle’s Secret Tail Spinner along
the bottom by slowly reeling it in at the slowest speed possible, the slower the better.
If the fish are suspending
over deep structures, cast the Lytle’s Secret out and let it slowly flutter down, and then slowly retrieve at the depth
the fish are holding. With this lure, it’s possible to cover all depths effectively by slowly working the bait down
a level at a time.
Another technique that will work during the cold water period is using a vertical presentation
with the Lytle’s Secret Tail Spinner. Let the lure sink to the bottom next to a drop off with tension on the line as
you follow it down. Once it hits bottom, lift the rod tip a foot or more upward and then drop your rod tip by letting the
lure flutter back to the bottom on a semi-tight line, and repeat the process. Watch your line in order to detect a strike,
if the lure doesn’t fall all the way back to the bottom, or you feel a slight tick, or the line jumps, set the hook.
During the spring , look for fish moving into the shallow warmer water feeding on baitfish. Some of the areas you
want to look for are creek arms, coves, flats next to deep water, and along the dam areas. Cast the Lytle’s Secret Tail
Spinner toward the shoreline and slow roll or slowly reel it in, making contact with the bottom or structures every few feet
or more all the way back to the boat. Also make sure to cover all depths through the water column for the fish that are suspending
off the bottom.
Another good place to fish the Lytle’s Secret in the spring and early summer months is retrieving
the lure just above the scattered grass, weed beds, or cover around flats to imitate a baitfish. This will provide a natural
looking profile, while the vibration and flash draws strikes.
During summer months, most of the larger fish are moving
into the deeper, cooler water on the main lake. Look for baitfish around underwater humps, deep main lake points, edges of
creek channels, underwater roadbeds, deep water ledges, deep drop-offs next to flats, and around the dam areas. Most of these
fish will be holding on the drop-off of these structures. Cast the Lytle’s Secret Tail Spinner on the top or on the
shallowest part of the structures and let it flutter to the bottom on a semi-tight line. Once it hits bottom, reel the lure
at the slowest speed possible to the drop-offs. Also try slowly reeling it in a few feet or more, and then let it flutter
down to the bottom on a semi-tight line. Repeat all the way back down the drop-off. Most strikes will occur when the lure
is at the drop-off where the fish are holding. Make sure to cover all depths through the water column for the fish that are
suspending next to the structures. Sometimes these fish will be feeding on the surface near the structures chasing the baitfish.
Cast the Lytle’s Secret lure past the schooling fish near the surface by keeping the rod tip up high, and start reeling
in at a steady speed to keep the lure just under the surface toward the feeding fish. If a fish hits and misses the lure,
stop reeling and let the tail spinner flutter down to the bottom, as they will usually hit it on the fall. Once surface activity
stops, make sure to slow roll the Lytle’s Secret near the bottom, as some of the fish will be eating the wounded baitfish
off the bottom.
During the fall, the fish will be scattered throughout the lake following the baitfish to the cooler,
shallower water. Look for these fish back in creek arms and large coves around flats, points, roadbeds, and edges of weed
beds. Also look for these fish around main lake points, humps, edges of creek channels, and along the dam areas. This time
of the year, a lot of these fish will be suspending around the structures. Try working the Lytle’s Secret Tail Spinner
in all depths through the water column with different retrieves until you find the depth they are holding and feeding in.
They will changing location and depth throughout the day following the baitfish.
The keys to using the Lytle’s
Secret Tail Spinner throughout the seasons is finding the right depth, speed, vibration, and size of lure to trigger the different
species of fish to bite.
Good Luck and Good Fishing!!
Steve and Rod Lytle