Stop Making This Big Topwater Mistake (And Catch More Fish)


Have you caught fish right at the edge of your kayak or boat?

That’s because predator fish like to stalk your lure until the moment is right to strike.

So in this video, you’ll learn (and see) why it’s so important to retrieve your topwater lure the entire way back to you!

Check it out!

Big Topwater Mistake [VIDEO]

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Here’s my set-up in the video:

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This is a simple trick and also big mistake anglers make when retrieving topwater lures.

You can make a nice long cast with a topwater.

But don’t get impatient and reel it in fast after it gets halfway back to you!

If you’re doing this then you are missing out on a lot of fish.

Make sure you do a complete retrieve the entire way back to you.

Predator fish will stalk a topwater until just the right moment.

As you are retrieving, your lure (the baitfish) looks like it’s running to hide towards you.

And that ideal strike may be as it gets closer to your boat or kayak.

Sometimes predator fish will attack a lure as soon as it hits the water but more often than not, they are going to follow it and then commit to the strike.


best times to use topwater lures

You can cast topwater lures pretty far but don’t get impatient with the retrieve.

Make sure you are retrieving your topwater lure all of the way back to you because sometimes predator fish will wait until the last second to strike.

Have you caught fish on the very last part of your topwater retrieve?

Let me know down in the comments.

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David Wamsley
6 months ago

Hi Tony
Great advice as usual on the top water lure.
What Kayak are you using?
I’m thinking about upgrading

6 months ago

I’m sometimes guilty of what you are advising us not to do Tony. Great advice

Steven Free
6 months ago

Yea usually the only time I reel in my lure before it gets back to my boat is if I see bait being attacked and there is a big commotion otherwise I 99 percent of the time reel it in all the way to the boat and yes I have had many fish hit right at the boat right before lifting my bait out of the water but I have found that they are mostly flounder after following my spinnerbait not a whole lot with topwater and sometimes if the flounder sees me and immediately goes to the bottom instead of hitting my spinnerbait I will drop it down to where it went and on rare occasions can get them to hit it by jigging it off the bottom a few times but not always anyways thanks for the info and all you do😁

Brian Williams
6 months ago

Great tip. Applicable to soft plastics as well. I’ve had my Slam Shady or Alabama Leprechaun smacked right next to the boat.

Neal H.
6 months ago

I meant to also ask…
How do you like that Whopper Plopper?

Neal H.
6 months ago

Thanks for the Top Water Tip Tony!
I totallly agree! ANOTHER added benefit to the full ‘back to you’ retrieve is not spooking off any area fish with that sudden, noisey & unnatural jerking – back to you “plowing action”.

Last edited 6 months ago by Neal Hagood
An aspiring snowbird
6 months ago

You might want to try a figure eight (a fresh water musky technique where you work the lure back and forth at the side of the boat at the end of your retrieve) and let it set for a while. It doesn’t work as often as hard core musky fishers imply, but it can give you a big surprise.

6 months ago

Great video an tip Tony!!- Question you used a 20# leader – any reason for the leader size for the top water?

Willie Dickerson
6 months ago

Great tip Tony. I plan to try the moon walker this Friday.

6 months ago

What’s the best way to connect braided line to the leader? Barrel swivel?
Preferred size and brand of hook when replacing trebles with single hooks?
Thanks for the videos – informative!

Joe Gill
6 months ago
Reply to  John

John, if I may. The best inshore knot especially for small guides is the FG. The best video I’ve seen on this is at:

It takes some practice but you’ll love it.


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