Living In Illinois I do a lot of pond fishing from shore and the Wackker has become a valuable tool. For one with the proper rig ( Rig #2 ) you can cast the lure a great distance which means you are reaching fish that seldom see or even hear lures. I found this out by accident testing Musky lures in ponds. I would make long casts into a pond and started to pick up sizable bass in the middle, which would have been unreachable with most bass lures. The Wackker Casts very well and has a sound that makes fish strike. This lure is a great search tool and can be used at a varity of retrieve speeds! Along shore line weeds cast parallel to cover long streatches of the weed line. Vary the lure speed to see how the fish are reacting. If they are short hitting try slowing down a bit. Just cover all the weed areas points, cuts, different weed types and their intersections any cover available is worth guiding a Wackker over. I like throwing the wackker anytime but like cloudy days, evening and after dark the best! You do not have to set the hook very hard with this lure I usually just tighten up on the line with a steady pull, Since it has three treble hooks, and keep steady pressure . Bigger fish usually swallow this lure due to its size. Smaller fish or fish that are less active may just nip at the lure, but you can also catch small ones on the wackker. Try to watch the lure as it is coming in to see how the fish are reacting. You can also use a start /stop or even a popping action to trigger fish!