When the fish are high in the water column, try a lighter metal jig such as a Tady 45 or Salas 7X. These swimming lures, known as surface iron, can be deadly. Keep an eye out for any birds that are looking hard at the water or yellows that are boiling on forage fish, then let your surface iron fly. Once you’ve made an accurate cast to the area where you saw the fish, retrieve the jig with a medium to fast wind and hang on. Long rods rule for fishing surface iron, and most anglers use 9- or 10-foot rods to give them casting distance. The drawback to these longer rods is that they sacrifice leverage. I prefer an 8-foot rod for that very reason, and have had great success fishing a model such as a Cousins CJB 80M-CT matched with a Penn Fathom 25N loaded with 65-pound Spectra and a short 60-pound fluorocarbon leader. Whether yo-yoing heavy iron or swimming a surface iron, once a fish strikes, just keep reeling until the fish is pulling line. Trying to set the hook will usually just pull the lure out of the fish’s mouth.