What To Do When A Fish Is Following Your Topwater Lure
What is the best thing to do when a fish is following your topwater lure but won’t quite commit?
Sometimes it’s just small boils or a redfish is submarining behind your plug waiting to strike.
But how can you get fish to fully commit and inhale your lure?
Find out the answer here!!
Fish Is Following Your Topwater Lure [VIDEO]
To start, I always use the standard walk-the-dog topwater lure retrieve.
In the clip above, you see that walk-the-dog retrieve was just enough to get the fish’s attention.
Then, the fish comes up to strike the lure.
Notice how I did not stop working the topwater lure back to me.
That is absolutely critical.
You want to keep working the lure to keep hold of that fish’s attention.
Any other unnatural movement will disinterest the fish.
The biggest factor in all of this is your initial reaction to the first strike.
If you notice in the video, I did not pull my lure away from the fish once it crashed the surface.
I wait for the line to begin moving or if I actually begin to feel the weight, then I’ve got the fish hooked.
As I continued to work the lure back to me, the redfish was waking behind it repeatedly taking swipes at my lure.
At this point, the fish was no less than 10 feet from my kayak and I want to avoid it getting closer, or else the fish could spook off.
All I did was make a slight pause in my retrieve and that’s all it took.
Typically, you have to keep working the lure to get redfish to bite.
But there are other situations when you may be fishing too close to your boat or other intrusions.
I knew if I worked the lure closer to my vessel, the fish would have spooked off and I’d be left with nothing.
This is in part due to the natural predatory instincts of redfish.
Lots of times they will hit on the pause or on the fall of a subsurface lure.
Furthermore, when it comes to trout, I double or triple the number of pauses in my retrieve because they act on that predatory instinct even more than others.
Don’t set the hook when you see the fish come up and create a giant splash!!
Instead, wait until you feel the weight of the fish or your line moves.
And if you just can’t get them to fully commit, throw a pause into your retrieve!!
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