Swimbait Shockers: With highly active fish in warm weather, the Stocker swimbaits can be worked briskly on top, but mainly it's a slow-and-slower presentation that produces best. Retrieved in that mode, the lures have gained a reputation as the bait with the perfect tail. A crank-and-pause retrieve causes the things to push a subtle wake when worked just beneath the surface, typical of trout and many other baitfish. The lures can be swum near surface, but left alone they'll sink, each size˜7, 9, or 10-inches˜at a different rate. The trick is to line watch, keeping your rod tip down, ready for the big, full swing it often takes to hook up using these baits. Bass sometimes blow up on the lures, mouth closed,probably just to see what the thing will do. Obviously, you'll swing˜and get nothing. Right then you must leave the lure where it is, not moving, then slowly inch it away. Excited from your initial reaction, the bass will come again and the second strike is usually for real.