Facts on Figures
When should you make a full figure eight at the end of the retrieve? Consider fish behavior and visibility. In low light, or if the water's stained, you may not be aware of whether you're being followed; therefore, keeping the lure in the water for a few extra seconds is never a bad idea. If the water clarity is poor, a figure eight also gives a trailing muskie more time to find the lure. In clear conditions, most guides make a figure eight only when they see a fish following, or if an L‑turn wasn't enough to get a muskie to commit. Sometimes it can take several figure eights, or a change in speed during the motion, to draw the strike.