Hey all, Billy Sweeney here. I know it is a good idea to slow down your retrieve, especially in these hot summer months. I have always had a problem doing this and after getting a tip from Mike I decided to do anything I could to accomplish doing this. I did it and the results were great to say the leaset. In about 90 min I caught 5 fish, all big and one whopper 6-7lbs. This may not be typical but I fish a large reservoir with no boats, no swimming and very few fishermen. I am only one of two that fish this lake from a belly boat. Anyway slow was good. Before that I was fishing a bleeding tube skirt in 15-20 feet of water and I was not too concerned about speed or lack of it. I jerked that baby for a few hours. The smallmouths went crazy. So it seemes (warmer shallow water slower)-(deeper cooler water, not so slow) So what do you think guys and girls?