While I do most of my fishing with live bait under a bobber, I've been experimenting with artificial lures. I've landed a couple of small fish that way using soft baits on a small jig. The question is, how fast do you retrieve the baits? You cast your plastic worm (or plastic grubs, or spinner, or spoon, or whatever) and crank it back so it looks like something the fish might want to eat instead of like a lump of plastic or metal either floating or lying on the bottom. That much I get, but how fast? Steady crank or should I change up? Really, I'm pretty ignorant about the whole artificial lures things. The thing about live bait which is that using something that fish actually prey on pretty much takes care of making sure that it resembles what fish actually prey on.