When Should you start throwing topwater? Are there tell tale signs that bass are moving shallow and willing to hit the surface? Some topwaters get bit WAYYY before others, do you know which baits they are? Today’s video is all about helping you get those topwater strikes before the other anglers do!
Early season topwater is all about timing environmental conditions. Warm afternoons, emergent vegetation, and baitfish location are all key factors in getting consistent bites. While its not easy to get bit early in the year, the majority of bites you will get are from bigger than average bass. Put in the time and the big bites will come.
Matt and Tim maximize their potential by focusing on baits that create commotion while moving relatively slow, giving the lethargic more time to commit to the bait. They also use a very simple method for selecting the best colors. Below is a breakdown of some of their favorite baits and colors for Prespawn topwater fishing.
-River2Sea Bubble Walker (Both Sizes): http://bit.ly/2e0PZOY
The Bubble walker has a large presence and creates a ton of commotion as it moves slowly across the surface. Both sizes of this bait are excellent but if you want something completely different, try the bigger one. Favorite Colors include Bone, Sooner, and Terminator.
-Whopper Plopper 110: http://bit.ly/2bsPbQV
The power of the Whopper Plopper is legendary! The 110 size is a perfect balance of size and fishability. It will catch every species of bass while still drawing giant largemouth to the surface. Favorite colors include Bone, Munky Butt, and Phantom Shad.
-Megabass Pop Max: http://bit.ly/2qqfmm1
This bait has excellent drawing power and perfect balance. It shines as both a walking bait and a popper. Offered in some incredible colors, you’ll be impressed by just how good it looks in the water. Favorite colors include Gill (shown in video), Mat Shad, and Pumpkinseed.
-Yellow Magic Popper: http://bit.ly/2al0dKP
The smaller 1/4 oz Yellow Magic is one of our all time favorite baits. Its balanced well to walk the dog but shines with a slow, methodical pop and wait action. Use the smallest size tight to cover and work it painfully slow for big bites. This bait has amazing colors and our favorites include Japanese Shad, Smoke Shad, and White Shad.
-Bull Shad Wakebait: http://bit.ly/2yceVRt
Early Season is prime time to throw a BIG bait. The Bull Wake give a great bluegill profile and is that perfect size to get consistent bites. It throws a great wake at moderate speed and the soft tail and finless design allows excellent hookup ratio. If you’re looking for a great wake bait that is affordable, the Bull Wake is a great choice. It comes in 2 colors and we’re very comfortable throwing either of them.
-River2Sea Rover 128: http://bit.ly/2acSVea
The Rover is our favorite walking-style bait throughout the year. It has an excellent sound profile landing right between the old Zara spook and RI Vixen. The sound it emits works in a variety of conditions and the result is consistent bites day after day. Its offered in the same colors as the Bubble Walker and our favorites include Sooner, Bone, and Funky Tiger.
An ideal topwater rod will have a soft tip section and a solid backbone. Small poppers can be thrown on virtually any finesse rod (spinning or casting) but the best rods for walking baits are typically 6’10”-7’2″ Medium action rods. A medium rod will offer enough backbone to set the hook yet the soft tip allows you to walk the bait with ease.
Budget Topwater Combo…
Rod- Shimano SLX 7’2″ Medium: http://bit.ly/2L3wppO
Reel- Shimano SLX DC HG: http://bit.ly/2LWzw2Q
Line- 50 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9
Budget Popper Rod…
Rod- Dobyns Fury 7′ Medium Light: http://bit.ly/2e7HZPF
Reel- Shimano Nasci 2500: http://bit.ly/2g278cC
Line- 20 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 8 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9
Matt’s Favorite- Plano Waterproof Deep 3700: http://bit.ly/2xjccls
Best For Wet Environments- Plano Rustrictor 3700: http://bit.ly/30STK1D
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