How Fast To Retrieve Topwater Lures (To Catch More Fish)


If you’re not catching fish on topwater, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re in a bad spot, or that you’re using a lure that doesn’t work.

It could just mean that you’re retrieving your lure at the wrong speed.

Sometimes the fish are looking for a bait that’s darting across the surface quickly, while other times they’re looking for a slow-moving, injured baitfish that would make an easy meal.

So the big question is this: how do you know how fast to retrieve your topwater?

I’ll show you process I go through to determine that in this video, as well as:

  • The small tweak I’ve made to my lures that helps me catch more bigger fish (and fewer smaller fish)
  • When the best times to use topwater lures are
  • And much more

Check out the video below.

How Fast To Retrieve Topwater Lures [VIDEO]

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The first thing I do when I’m throwing topwater lures is to retrieve the lure quickly.

I start with a fast retrieve because I prefer it over a slow one because it helps me cover a lot of ground and find the feeding zones faster.

If I don’t get many strikes with a quick retrieve, I’ll slow it down.

As I slow it down, I’ll also add some pauses in.

I don’t particularly like a very slow retrieve because it doesn’t allow me to cover a lot of ground, but sometimes that’s all the fish will hit!


best times to use topwater lures

If you’re throwing topwater lures and you’re not getting any bites, change up the speed of your retrieve and add in a few pauses if you need to.

Do you have any other tips for catching more fish on topwater lures?

Have any questions about this video?

Let me know in the comments below!

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Brian Hunter
6 months ago

Luke, is that an 08 size or 11 size Skitter Walk?

Ed Goodwln
7 months ago

Have you tried Bagley’s Bang a lure with the spinner on the back for trout. Living in Winter Haven I’m sure you’ve heard of it. One of the best top water lures ever made.

8 months ago

Could you please share the make and model of your boat?

8 months ago

Awesome video, great tips! @4:53 is that another red jumping behind you?

Mark Foster
11 months ago

Hello, what kind and size of hooks do you replace the treble hooks with on your top water lure?

Mark Jenkin
11 months ago

Hi Luke,
Have you ever tried replacing the front hook with a double instead and still put a single on the rear?

Bob Harwein
11 months ago

Hey Luke! Great video, as always. That same lure, Ghost I think, is my go to topwater. Have had great luck with it. Caught a 32” Red on one & got the fish to the boat, released & on the next cast I noticed the lure not working too well. Darn Red got even. Crushed it so all it would do is sink! Ha
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Bob Hartwein

11 months ago

Now getting into beach fishing and some inshore fishing. When retrieving is there any technique in the wrist etc or just the spinning rate?

11 months ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Thanks Luke.

Mike Lukens
11 months ago

I noticed you tie the leader line directly to the lure with a loop type knot. what knot is it?

Stan Mitchell
11 months ago

Thanks Luke, Top water is a blast !!! I’ve had so much fun lately first thing in the morning watching snook BLOW UP on my spook Jr. ????????


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