What NOT To Do When Using Topwater Lures (LIVE Fishing Trip)
Everybody loves watching a trout blow up your topwater.
And since the summer and early fall are some of the best times to use topwater lures, we decided to do a live and uncut video of us going on a trip where we only threw topwaters.
Here’s the bad news: conditions were not good for using topwater lures.
But here’s the good news: we did still manage a few trout on topwater and since it was a tough day we were able to share both what to do and not to do when using topwater lures.
If you want to catch more inshore saltwater fish with topwater lures (and avoid the mistakes we made), you’re going to love this episode!
What NOT To Do With Topwater Lures [VIDEO]
What NOT To Do With Topwater Lures [PODCAST]
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Best (And Worst) Conditions For Topwater Lures
One of the big problems we had on this trip was that conditions were pretty much as bad as they could be for throwing topwater lures.
The sun was a little higher than we’d like (we should’ve started filming right at sunrise), there was not a cloud in the sky, the water was flat-calm, and it was a full moon the night before.
It was a beautiful day, yes, but it was not good for using topwater lures.
Fish are just like people in that they don’t like to look up directly at the sun, so topwater fishing is best if the sun is low (at dawn or dusk), there are cloudy skies, and there’s a little bit of wind to chop up the surface of the water.
How To Catch More Fish With Topwater Lures
This will make the lure twitch across the surface of the water like an injured baitfish, and hungry trout, redfish, or snook won’t be able to resist coming up and smashing it.
As far as how fast to retrieve these lures, the fish were not super aggressive on this day, so we were not retrieving our lures very fast.
If you’re fishing on a day where they’re hitting your lure every cast, you can pick up the speed because you know the fish are aggressive that day.
And here’s one of the biggest mistakes anglers make when using topwater lures: they set the hook too early.
If you see a fish blow up on your lure, you need to wait until you feel that it’s hooked to set the lure.
Fish don’t always get hooked up on the first hit and if you try to set the hook too early, you’ll just rip the lure out of the strike zone.
And here’s one last tip for catching more fish with topwater lures: don’t just use topwaters!
Many times you’ll see fish miss a topwater or just follow it to the boat.
When you see that and can’t catch the fish, often throwing a soft plastic, like a paddletail, will get the job done and the fish will eat it and get hooked up.
Using Single Inline Hooks (Instead Of Treble Hooks)
Here’s something we’ve been doing that has helped both us and the fish: swapping our treble hooks out for single hooks.
It’s better for the fish (fewer hooks in their mouths, eyes, and gills) and it’s safer for you because you’re less likely to hook yourself, your clothing, or someone else on the boat.
Of course, with two hook points instead of six, you will have a lower hookup ratio, but that’s not necessarily bad.
We’ve noticed that the lower hookup ratio is only for small fish and many times we’ve seen a ladyfish or small trout miss our topwater, but then a bigger trout or red comes up and eats it because it thinks it’s stealing a meal from the smaller fish.
Check out this post about how to swap out your treble hooks for inline hooks.
Thanks for tuning into this live and uncut podcast!
I hope you learned a lot about using topwaters, including what to do and what NOT to do!
If you’re looking to get some topwater action go early in the morning and look for the three B’s (birds, bait, and boils).
And if you want to increase your odds even more go on a morning when there’s a little cloud cover and wind.
You can get the lure and hooks we were using here:
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