Topwater Lure Test: Super Spook Jr. vs LIVETARGET Mullet (Round 1)
It’s topwater time!
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:
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.
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?
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