Topwater Lure Test: Super Spook Jr. vs LIVETARGET Mullet (Round 1)

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It’s topwater time!

In new video series, I’m going to be testing out two topwater lures against each other: the Super Spook Jr. vs. the LIVETARGET Hollow Body Mullet.

The Super Spook Jr. attracts attention with rattles and larger splashes at the surface while the LIVETARGET Mullet looks very lifelike and does not make as much noise.

They’re each about 3-4″ and I’ve caught fish on both of them before, but I wanted to see how they do head to head.

The results of this experiment surprised me as something that usually never happens actually happened here.

See what that surprise was, as well as the best spots to catch fish and what to do if fish aren’t hitting your topwater in this video.

Check it out below.

Super Spook Jr. vs. LIVETARGET Mullet [Round 1]

This was filmed on a calm September morning a few days after the full moon with clear skies.

Given how calm it was and how shallow I was fishing (12-inches to 24-inches), I was thinking that the LIVETARGET Mullet was going to have the edge.

Here’w what happened:

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To make this experiment as accurate as possible, these two lures were rigged on identical rods and reels with the same leader line (30 lb Ande Premium Monofilament) and 10 lb braid.

Also, after three casts with one lure, I switched to the other.

Since it was a very calm day, I thought that the silent LIVETARGET Mullet might have a slight advantage, but that was not the case!

I caught all of my fish on the Super Spook Jr.

Usually, when I’m testing lures that are similar, like these two are, I catch fish on both lures, but that wasn’t the case today!

Now, I know this was just one morning of fishing so this isn’t a fully conclusive test, but it does have me leaning toward sticking with the Super Spook Jr. when throwing topwater.

And here’s the good news: not only did the Super Spook Jr. catch more fish, but it’s also less expensive!

Where To Catch Fish With Topwater Lures

It’s one thing to know which lure to use when throwing topwater, but if you really want to catch fish you need to be in the right spot at the right time.

On this morning, I started off fishing a shallow grass flat with lots of finger mullet.

The mullet were about 3″ — the same size as the topwaters I was using.

Later in the morning I moved to a spot that had both oyster bars and grass flats.

So the lesson taken from this trip is to first find structure with bait around, and then keep covering ground until you find feeding fish.

How To Catch Fish When They’re Not Hitting Topwater 

Although I didn’t catch any fish with the LIVETARGET Mullet, I did get a lot of fish to follow it all the way to the boat.

This is a good sign that proves there are hungry fish around, and there’s a little trick that you can pull that will increase your chances of hooking up.

Once the fish have given their location away by either blowing up on a topwater or following it to the boat, you can throw a soft plastic paddletail or jerk shad to them.

This will usually get them to bite and is an especially great tactic if you have two people on the boat.

Another time that you might want to switch to soft plastics is when the sun gets higher.

On this trip, the topwater bite slowed down around 8:30 but I was still able to catch some fish when I switched to the Alabama Leprechaun rigged on a weighted hook.

Conclusion

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For this first trip testing out the Super Spook Jr. vs. the LIVETARGET Hollow Body Mullet, the Super Spook Jr. was the clear winner.

I know this is just one morning of fishing, so I’ll need to do some more tests to come up with a final verdict.

But I wanted to go ahead share these initial results with you so that I could get feedback in case you’ve used either of these lures…

Have you used them before?

What’s your experience been?

Let us know down in the comments section below!

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Gerald Shappell
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Gerald Shappell
11 days ago

SuperSpook Jr catches everything. I have caught Striper, Largemouth, SmallMouth, Pickerel, Snook and Tarpon on them. Something about that noise. I switch out to singles also, but it seems to not walk as easy for me after that…

Steven Free
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Steven Free
13 days ago

Yea I mentioned this lure to you I believe last year it’s probably the most lifelike in appearance of all lures that’s for sure but sadly here in northeast fl where I fish in murky water most of the time because of it not having a rattle it’s not very good here either I think the fish find it hard to see where the spook having a loud rattle find it no problem I have never used it though in the spring time when the water temps are just warming to be topwater productive and the water also being a bit clearer because of lack of algae being present maybe it would work better but the bigger sized one would defiantly not match the hatch per say anyways thanks for the info and all you do😁

Rick
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Rick
13 days ago

I gotta add a few spooks to my tackle box.

Jeffrey
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Jeffrey
13 days ago

Thanks, just grabbed 2 spooks and inline hooks to add to the arsenal.

Malcolm Hayward
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Malcolm Hayward
13 days ago

Greets,
I was catching prolifically, on Heddon “Flatfish” various sizes, way back in ’81.
Heddon lures are always top class. They work and are now less delicate.
Rgds.

Chris Salicco
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Chris Salicco
14 days ago

I really like the use of single vs treble hook on the lure. Is that something you are doing yourself or are they available without the treble? If you are replacing yourself, what size and style hook do you recommend? Thanks.

Ron Mattson
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Ron Mattson
13 days ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

When switching to single hooks make sure to compare weight of the hooks. Just because they are single hooks does not mean they are less weight. Especially on the lighter weight topwaters weight of hooks can be a difference maker.

Arthur L Scott
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Arthur L Scott
14 days ago

Hey Luke.
Just as a side note… The hollow body mullet has been really effective for me fishing grass and lily pads for bass. I can walk it through the open areas but the weedless design allows me to work it right through the cover.
Also caught a couple of little snook on it working under docks.

DuWayne Mason
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DuWayne Mason
14 days ago

I have and use both lures. The Live Target Mullet is far less productive then the Super Spook Jr. I have gotten some fish with the mullet. For me the mullet is not worth the price.

Capt. Ray Markham
Capt. Ray Markham
14 days ago

I’ve not used the Live Target Hollow Body Mullet yet, but I’ve used the Heddon Super Spook Jr. extensively. It’s a terrific lure, and the bone color and chrome color seem to be productive just about everywhere I’ve used them.Tomorrow, I’ll be throwing something rarely seen any more. I’m going to throw a Heddon Zaragossa. Look for them back around the 1920’s. I’ll be fishing with Chuck Heddon. Hoping to catch some antique fish with the antique lure. 😉

Last edited 14 days ago by Capt. Ray Markham
Keith Donald
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Keith Donald
14 days ago

Great article! I prefer Super Spook profile lures as well. In addition to the standard offerings from Heddon, I’ve found Buggs Fishing makes some cool custom ones with in-line hooks out of the box here: see https://buggsfishing.com/product-category/custom-tops/).

During the late summer here on the Indian River Lagoon I’ve begun experimenting with some bigger profile top waters targeting big Jacks during the early mullet run: Williamson Surface Pro, Nomad Design Rip Tide, (each of which ship with in-lines as well), and a custom Evergreen SB 125. I like them all, and I’ve been able to land some nice fish. However, I’ve noticed with the bigger profiles my hookup rate with sharks has really gone up. In each of my last three trips to Long Point just north of Sebastian Inlet, I’ve hooked into three sharks (two crazy aerodynamic blow ups that really brought a shot of adreleline). It’s happened enough I’m now considering running a 6″ or so 65# nylon wire off the end of my shock leader as kind of hybrid between a traditional topwater setup and dedicated shark catching rig. Appreciate any upcoming tips on the safe landing and handling of inshore bull and/or black tip sharks on topwater lures!

Last edited 14 days ago by Keith Donald
Thom Ray
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Thom Ray
14 days ago

Would like to see something with a cupped face. Like a Mirrorolure Poppa Mullet. The Nomad Maverick 140 has some pass thru cuts to really make a glup glup sound.
https://youtu.be/zVQtVu6BnDc

Nick Coullias
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Nick Coullias
13 days ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Zara Spook does have cup face model. I have a bone jr that has caught a lot of fish for me.

Vincent Maccherone
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Vincent Maccherone
14 days ago

Hey there! I have a super spook he also. No luck yet! Do you remember what depth your we’re fishing in

Mark Weekley
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Mark Weekley
14 days ago

spook jr. and reg spook has always been one of my go to top water plugs. great video.

Dan Shuford
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Dan Shuford
14 days ago
Reply to  Mark Weekley

I’m with Mark, The spooks is the go to for me… Snook, Reds, Trout, grouper on the rock piles and cobia in the bay.. My daughters boyfriend gave me the real target pinfish, sardine and 3 mullet variations., look nice but no luck.. KISS?

Anonymous
Anonymous
14 days ago

Great Video! Going to try the Spook this weekend…Tight Lines

Mike Connelly
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Mike Connelly
14 days ago

Luke, As with most fisherman I have been caught up with advertisement and hype… The Super Spook Jr is the only top water I use.. can I interested you in a box of others…?

Gary Brady
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Gary Brady
14 days ago

Great video, I think a lot of people favor the bone spook jr. Although the mullet spook has been decent this summer for me.

Stefan
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Stefan
14 days ago

I want to see your thoughts on bone spook jr vs trout skitterwalk. I know what mine are. Curious to see if you guys get the same result.

Anonymous
Anonymous
14 days ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

We have found the chuggin spook is getting better results than the original spook.

Pat Ogletree
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Pat Ogletree
14 days ago

Nice trout! Enjoyed the video. What I’ve been finding this year of topwater only is that is very situational. Wind speed, water clarity, clouds, amount of bait, water temp, they all play a factor in the type of topwater that will work best. At the beginning of the year prop baits were on fire but as summer kicked in that particular Spook Jr in bone has been money the past couple of months. But if the wind is really turned up then a bigger or louder one is needed like a She Pup or She Dog from Mirrolure. I would bet that the live target would work the best if it was flat calm without any ripples. I like to match the noise of the bait to the wind. No wind-No noise and vice versa. But that’s just a starting point once you get on the water you make your changes from there. I love these comparison videos, keep it up.

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