Rate of stall


The rate of stall refers to how fast the bait comes through the water column while maintaining a horizontal trajectory. In other words, staying parallel to the water’s surface at whatever depth to which you let it initially fall. The rate of retrieve is similar but different. It can be altered by the rate at which you turn the handle of your reel or you can choose a reel with a lower or higher gear ratio to make this change feel more natural.

But those adjustments are made more to alter the rate of retrieve. The trailer you choose actually effects the rate of stall of the bait by changing its resistance. A swimbait trailer on the back of a swim jig creates less resistance, so the swim jig comes through the water more easily and can be reeled faster than a swim jig with a craw on the back. Which would have to be reeled slower to maintain the same depth. The resistance and the lift of the claws on a craw would cause the bait to rise higher in the water if you reeled it at the same speed.

I understand this is a little complicated to wrap your head around if this is the first time you’ve ever really taken all of this into consideration, so let’s take a look at a real-world scenario.