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You can almost trust that any bass angler will tell you that topwater fishing produces some of the most spectacular bass bites to witness. Since topwater fishing is one of the few methods of bass fishing where you can actually see a bass grab your bait, there is nothing quite like the visual activity of an incredible topwater blowup.
Due to the mild spring and early summer temps, most fishermen can’t wait to get their topwater lures out and start walking, popping, and buzzing to spook bass. Although topwater lures are often most effective in the late spring and early summer, they may really be used throughout the year and in a variety of water temperatures and still be effective in luring in fish.
Best Topwater Lures
- Prop Baits
- Walking Baits
- Frog Baits
- Wake Baits
Top water lures exist in a wide variety of sizes and forms, and the majority float. The bulk of them have treble hooks and are constructed of durable plastic. Since bass frequently will slap, miss, or barely contact a topwater bait, treble hooks boost your chances of catching your fish and prevent it from coming off after being hooked.
The majority of them are constructed of hard plastic, but some are also made of metal, hollow rubber, solid soft plastic, or in some combination. For instance, the components of a buzzbait consist of a metal wire, a metal/plastic propeller, and a silicone or rubber skirt.
Start with fast-moving lures when choosing a topwater bait and gradually slow them down by switching to slower-moving ones if you aren’t receiving strikes. You can determine the bass’ level of aggression that day in this way. They sometimes hunt nearly everything, and other times they just pursue extremely simple targets.
1 - Buzzbaits
Buzzbait lures create a buzzing sound as they move through the water, which can help attract bass and other large fish. A buzzbait lure is a type of wire lure that typically includes a hook on the long arm and a propeller blade on the short arm.
Most buzzbait lures include a skirt that sits around the hook. The skirt is typically silicone or rubber and acts as the lure.
Anglers can also add a trailer to a buzzbait. A trailer is a soft plastic bait that you rig to the hook.
The trailer trails behind the buzzbait, which creates a larger profile and increases the buoyancy of the fishing rig.
Buzzbait can imitate a variety of fish and small prey using different colors and designs for the skirt. The sound, flash, and movement of the buzzbait may imitate shad, frogs, and other small species.
2 - Propeller Lures “Prop Baits”
A prop bait is a floating topwater bait that is cigar or baitfish shaped. It features a propeller in the front, rear, or both. As you reel in the prop bait it makes a fluttering disturbance on the water.
Most anglers prefer to throw a prop bait in spring spawn time and in the summer, especially when you see bream and bluegill beds, during the shad spawn, or if you notice a lot of bluegill around the shorelines or around vegetation.
The idea that a top water prop-style bait is best used in target-specific situations is a common myth, but it’s not true. It’s actually a highly effective search-style bait, and the fact that you can use it to make long casts and effectively hold the bait in the strike zone is what makes it so effective.
Fish will come to the bait since it can generate a lot of noise. After that, you can simply wait a second or two to see if a strike occurs.
To get the fish to bite, give it some strong pops and it will push out a lot of water. Don’t be surprised if you see a fish following the lure.
If you’re not getting any bites, change how you’re presenting the lure. change the aggressiveness and speed of retrieval.
You can do this by making small short tugs of the rod tip in a downward motion to make a small fluttering of water. This tip is deadly if you’re close to a particular piece of cover.
Often, small, subtle movements of the rod tip are all that are needed to bring on a giant bite.
3 - Walking & Twitch Baits
Also shaped like a cigar or torpedo, this floating lure can imitate a lot of different animals that live in the water; shad, bluegill, frogs, mice, birds, and even insects. In fact, when fished correctly this bait will appear like a fleeing baitfish on the surface of the water trying to escape a predator.
When worked the right way, it can make the lure jerk and glide from side to side in a zigzag pattern called “walk the dog” action.
While it can take some time to learn, once you do the skill is invaluable and catch you a ton of bass.
The drawback of walking-style topwaters is that they are loud, strong, and splash a lot of water. However, the majority of the time during the summer, fish like larger baits, thus this is the time of year when you can get away with using larger baits.
You can fish this style of bait in open water that can be shallow or deep. the lure is also great because they can be skipped under docks and overhangs.
4 - Frog Lures “Frogging”
The most weedless topwater lure currently available would be hollow body frogs. As the bass bite down on them, the soft plastic body of the lures will collapse and reveal the hook. There are relatively few opportunities for getting tangled up since the lure floats and the hooks face up.
Because you can cast in places you could never with other lures, this is a huge benefit for catching big bass.
The best spots to catch topwater frogs are around lily pads and other types of floating plants. These kinds of flora provide an excellent supply of oxygenated water, shade, shelter, and food for bass, who hide out there. Frogs are also great around docks, laydowns, and overhangs.
In summary, having a few frogs in your tackle box is always a good decision.
5 - Wake Baits
Wake baits are floating baits that swim at or just below the surface. As you’re reeling them in it creates a wake or a “V” shaped ripple in the water. Wake baits are a situation specific bait.
Normally, anglers will chose a wake bait if its nice and slick, but in the same areas you would instinctively throw a topwater walker, prop bait, or even a buzzbait
Many anglers feel they need to fish wake baits only in open water, on long points, or shallow flats, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact, wake baits really shine when you fish them around vegetation.
Since wake baits are armed with two treble hooks, you won’t be casting the lure into vegetation because it will just get hung up. All you need to do is make a short cast or flipping the lure into lanes and cuts where there is a water channel between and slowly reel it in.
6 - Popper Lures “Chuggers”
The signature feature of popper lure is the cupped mouth, which is kinda-like a bowl shaped indentation bowl in the front. The line attaches in the mouth, which is also where the lure generates all of its action and movement.
The popper is typically fished very slow, around specific structures. It’s rarely used to “cover water”.
One of the easiest ways to fish a popper lure is to cast it out to your target area and then just let it, letting the splash rings go away. After that, quickly whip your rod tip toward the water, almost as if you were trying to smack the rod tip to the water.
As a result, the quick jerk of the line quickly pulls the lure in the water and generates a “pop” sound as water is being pushed out of the cupped mouth.
There are multiple variations of poppers. Others have smaller mouths and are built for working slightly more quickly with tiny pops, while some are designed with broader mouths for a slower but larger “chugging” movement.
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