“As the lure enters the water, lower the rod tip and bow your body to the bait so it falls on a semislack line,” he says. If you have too tight a line, the bait won’t fall naturally to the fish. If it’s too loose, you may not be able to react quickly enough when the fish takes the bait. “A lot of the bites come on that initial fall. But if I don’t get bit there, I’ll hop the bait two or three times on the bottom, then shake it up toward the surface,” says Iaconelli. Once it’s there, he ticks it a few times on the top, then lets it fall again, hops it one more time on the bottom, and finally pitches to the next promising pocket or hole.