Both styles have their drawbacks. A bass, or anything else that might consider eating a topwater bait worked with numerous pauses in the retrieve, could die of boredom waiting for the lure to move again. Conversely, the fast, spitting technique undoubtedly has turned off fish that for one metabolic reason or another simply weren't up for a chase. The logical question then is, when do you use a retrieve that's fast, slow or something in between? Add this to the equation: Today our surface lures include chuggers, darters, poppers, propeller (stick) baits, walkers, paddlers and minnow baits. Some of these are designed to do a single thing well while others are intended to produce two or more different actions. We must decide not only which type of bait to use, but when to use it and how to work it.