How To Catch Big Redfish, Trout, & Snook On Topwater In The Summer
Summertime is one of my favorite times to catch fish on topwater lures.
The fish are active and hungry and can’t turn down an erratic topwater lure darting along the surface.
Redfish, trout, and snook all love these lures, but if you want to catch them you need to know:
- Where to throw topwater lures in the summer (this will depend on if you’re targeting redfish or trout)
- How to retrieve your topwater lures for more strikes
- Which lures (and lure colors) to use
Check out the video below to learn these tips and more!
Summertime Topwater Tips [VIDEO]
Where To Use Topwater Lures In Summer
There are two main spots to throw topwater lures in the summer:
- Grass flats
- Coastal marshes
Here’s a breakdown of each of these two spots:
If you’re fishing grass flats in the summer, you can find redfish and snook close to the mangroves in 1-3 feet of water.
And if you want to increase your chances of finding these fish, fish around mangrove shorelines with points and oyster bars.
If trout is what you’re after, you’ll want to fish a little deeper in the 3-5 foot range.
The edges of flats and potholes are great spots to find trout.
If you’re fishing in coastal marshes for redfish, you’ll want to fish in water about 1-3 feet.
Points (especially oyster bar points), muddy banks, and entrances to marsh mazes will all hold redfish in the summer.
You can find trout in similar spots, except usually in water a little deeper — about 4-5 feet.
They’ll often be outside of the marsh mazes near points closer to deeper channels or creeks.
How To Retrieve Topwater Lures In The Summer
Topwater lures are no good if you don’t have the proper retrieve.
You want your lure to erratically dart around the surface, and you do that by doing a walk-the-dog retrieve (see how to walk the dog in this video).
If you’re not getting bites, speed up or slow down your retrieve to see what the fish are dialed in on.
Best Summer Topwater Lures
One of the big mistakes people make is going out and buying a lot of different topwater lures with crazy patterns.
The thing is, the fish are really only going to see the belly of the lure and see it from behind, so color doesn’t matter too much.
I like to go with a bone color and, sometimes, a dark color like black or purple.
I really only use the darker color topwaters if I’m fishing before sunrise or the water is really dark.
Here are my three favorite topwaters:
This fat-bodied lure has a low-frequency rattle and is great for when fish are hunting by hearing or feeling, such as before sunrise.
It doesn’t have the best action, so when the sun is up, I like these next two lures…
This is a classic topwater lure and has great action to get fish to strike.
This is Salt Strong’s new topwater lure and has the best qualities of the two lures above.
It’s got a topedo-style body for great action, a tapered nose for casting distance, and a low-frequency rattle to attract loads of fish to it.
Plus, it comes with single inline hooks which are better for the fish, can help you catch bigger fish, and are less likely to snag you.
Summertime is an excellent time to catch fish on topwater.
If you’re fishing coastal marshes, fish shallow points for redfish and deeper points near channels for trout.
If you’re fishing grass flats, fish shallow shorelines tight to the mangroves for snook and redfish, and deeper edges of flats for trout.
And for both types of spots, areas near oyster bars are more likely to hold fish.
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