One of the most exciting things in the world of bass fishing is a viscous eruption on a topwater lure. When the timing and situation is right, there is no better way to catch big, hungry bass. One mistake we see a lot of people make is operating under the assumption that topwater fishing is topwater fishing. This is definitely not the case. Just as a finesse jig is completely different than a football mop jig, walking baits and poppers each have their own set of circumstances where one will shine over the other.
Walking The Dog- There’s a Time and a Place
Walking Baits (typically referred to as walk-the-dog baits) can really put some big fish in the boat if you know when to use them. These topwater baits have one distinct advantage over the rest; their ability to cover a lot of water quickly and effectively. For this reason, walking baits are an exceptional choice when it comes to fishing flats.
Fish on flats tend to group up in small little areas and this lure give you the ability to comb these locations for the sweet spot. A walking bait won’t work all the time, but can be the most effective bait in your box when condition align. People traditionally think of topwater as a low light presentation, but it can work in the middle of the sunniest days.
Next time you are fishing points or flats, tie on a walking bait and get ready for some explosive action!
Popping Up Big Bass with Pinpoint Accuracy
Another popular topwater bait is a popper. Poppers have been around for a long time and for good reason. They continue to put fish in the boat and can really land some giants. Poppers are best fished around cover, making accurate casts and keeping the bait in the strike zone.
Fish it around docks, wood, grass, or even rock. Its biggest advantage is the ability to keep in one spot and drive a fish wild. A popper with a feathered rear treble hook is a tantalizing presentation that big bass can’t handle!
A good topwater bite is my absolute favorite way to catch fish. It’s explosive, dynamic and really gets the blood pumping. Just like swimbaiting, topwater fishing is a commitment. An expert topwater fishermen knows that sticking with it will really produce some nice fish and a whole boat load of fun!
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