I find it best to use a rod that is a comfortable length for your height because most of the time you will be snapping the rod tip down towards the ground at about 4 - 5 o'clock.
Always twitch on a slack line. Cast, let the bait set a sec, put your rod tipdown to 3 oclock and on a slack line snap it down to 4 or 5 o'clock.
You can snap it down 2 or 3 times in a row and rest to work a pocket.
you can snap it down continuously to walk the dog all the way back to the boat.
or you can mix it up.
you have to get the hang of taking up slack between snaps but thats no big deal. Snap, turn the handle, snap, turn the handle, snap, turn the handle, etc...
It's best if you dont have too much wind. Still water to a slight choppiness will work well.
Also I dont recommend using flourocarbon because flouro sinks. Ive always had best success with monofilament.
and most importantly.. NEVER EVER no matter what.. NEVER EVER EVER set the hook on the sight of the fish blasting your bait. When they hit, bring in your slack and wait until you feel the fish on the line. Once you FEEL the fish, sweep your rod back and set the hooks.
Another tip I learned a while back that I found useful is when the fish seem a bit spooky, switch to a clear bodied spook. The fish dont really have a bait look at. Instead they only have the splash action to key in on.
I hope you find some of these tips helpful.
A spook is a KILLER bait and can draw the big mamas up to the surface.