Topwater Lures

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Lures

The topwater lure is truly fun to fish.  That is, if it is fished when it is effective.  Many times an angler will pull out a topwater when the chances to attract anything aren’t good.  The fish you are chasing need to be close to the top of the water profile.  In the south, or in the warm months, this is usually early morning and evening.  The temperatures have not hit a level that makes the fish avoid it yet.  Yes, I said avoid it.  If the fish is uncomfortable he will avoid an area.  Too much light, too warm, too cold can all effect his comfort level.

The topwater’s first main characteristic is that it floats to some extent.  The second is that typically they make a commotion.  Thrashing or zig-zaging about.  This is to attract that monster lurking just out of sight.  Fish are greedy.  If someone has a meal….or is chasing a meal, they will try to take it from them.  Watch aquarium fish at feeding time.  The fish will actually take the food out of the mouth of another fish if given the opportunity.  This plays into our hands.  We can create the appearance that something is chasing something to trigger this instinctive response from the fish.  Thus, we splash a bait around making it look like a small fish feeding.  Mr. greedy will have to come check it out.  The trick is finding the action that mimics the thrashing about of a fish without scaring the fish away.  Typically it is by a start stop action.  Be patient.  Wait a bit between jerks and pulls.  Sometimes a slow constant pull works like with a buzzbait.   Some anglers believe in ripping it towards them as fast as their hands can reel.  I have scared more fish than caught that way.

There are many designs of topwater lures.  The “popper” has a curved shaped area where the line is connected to the bait.  This curvature makes a splash when the lure moves like a fish trying to eat something on top of the water.  This splash gives off a distinctive sound as the lure plunges under the water.  Short small jerks make a different type of little less aggressive  splashes.  Try not to always pull the same direction.  Bait fish rarely run in a straight line.

The spook is a topwater lure that has been around for ages.  It is shaped like a cigar with both ends tapered.  This lure moves erratically.  As with most topwater lures, it should be reeled in a series of jerks and stops.

There are a number of lures that have a similarly curved shape on the front of them that help them to make a splash.  They are in the shape of everything you can imagine.  They are solid or jointed.  They all float to some extent or another.

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