The Best Way To Retrieve A Topwater Lure [VIDEO]
By: Luke Simonds on September 19, 2019
Should you retrieve topwater lures quickly or slowly?
The other day I was having a pretty slow morning throwing topwaters.
I was in a good spot at a good time, but for some reason, the fish just weren’t biting.
Ever had that happen to you?
Well on this day, I switched up my retrieve and finally started catching fish, including the 33″ snook pictured above.
Want to see what I did?
Watch the video below.
Adjusting Your Topwater Retrieval Speed To Catch More Fish [VIDEO]
The good news is that fish follow trends.
The tough news is that you need to find those trends if you want to catch them (which is why we created the Insider Club).
On this day, the trend was that they wanted to feed on something that was moving quickly across the surface, as opposed to slowly.
Usually, topwater fishing is best early in the morning or late in the evening when the sun is low.
But on this day I didn’t find the trend until a little later in the morning, but once I found that trend I started catching a ton of fish, even though it wasn’t the optimal time.
See how powerful finding the right trends can be?
Swapping Out Treble Hooks For Single Hooks
Another thing that helped me catch bigger fish this day was that I swapped out my treble hooks for single hooks.
Whenever we suggest doing this, we often get asked, “Won’t this decrease my hookup rate?”
There were a few instances where I would miss small fish, but then I would hook into a big fish, so it seemed like doing this decreased my hookup rate for smaller fish, but did not really affect my hookup rate for bigger fish.
In addition to helping you catch more quality fish, there are tons of other benefits to doing this, including:
- Decreasing the chance you’ll hook yourself
- Decreasing the chance you’ll get snagged on your clothes, nets, floating grass, etc.
- Decreasing the chance you’ll hook a fish in the eye or gill (which could be fatal for them)
- Saves you time unhooking them (keeping them out of the water too long could also be fatal for them)
If you want to read more about how to swap out your treble hooks for single hooks, read this article.
And if you want to get single hooks to replace your treble hooks, click here (Insiders only).
Testing Different Topwater Lures
This day was part of an experiment testing different topwater lures.
And I had them rigged up on the exact same setups (same rod, reel, line, and leader):
- Rod: 7’6″ TFO Pro
- Reel: 3000 Diawa Fuego LT
- Line: 10 lb PowerPro
- Leader: 30 lb Ande Mono
- Hooks: 1/0 Owner Single Replacement Hooks
Have any other topwater lures you’d like to see tested?
Let me know in the comments!
And if you want to get these lures, you can do so at the links below:
Here’s the big takeaway: if you find the right trends, you’re more likely to catch fish.
You may need to switch up your lure retrieve speed or where you’re fishing to find the trends, but once you do it’ll pay off big time.
As far as feeding, on this day the trend was that the fish wanted to eat something that was moving across the surface quickly.
Other trends this day included where they were holding based on tide, season, wind, and temperature.
Want to see exactly what those trends were?
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