How To Use Topwater Lures To Catch Redfish & Trout
By: Joseph Simonds on May 15, 2020
It’s topwater time!
In this video, Capt. Jud Brock of Eastern Angling is back to take us to school on how to use topwater lures.
This is one of the most exciting ways to catch fish and as the water is heating up, so is the topwater bite.
Capt. Brock is breaking down everything you need to know about topwater lures, including:
- how to work them to get more strikes
- how to use them to find fish
- how to work them when you’re targeting redfish vs. when you’re targeting trout (yes, there’s a difference)
- and much more
If you want to catch more fish on topwater this spring and summer, check out the video below.
Topwater Tips [VIDEO]
How To Retrieve Topwater Lures
The best way to retrieve topwater lures is with a technique called, “walk the dog.”
To retrieve topwater lures this way, keep your rod tip low and to your left (if you’re left-handed, low and to your right), and continuously twitch the rod tip straight back.
As you’re twitching it, reel in just enough to keep slack out of the line.
You’ll know you’re doing it right if the plug is doing a nice zigzag motion.
As far as retrieve speed, it usually depends on water temperature.
If the water is cold and the fish are lethargic, then slow it down.
But if the water is warm and the fish are aggressive, you can speed it up.
And finally, always work the plug until you can see under it.
Redfish and trout are known for following the plug all the way to the boat, so don’t pull it out of the water too early.
Using Topwater Lures As A Search Bait
Topwater lures are great search baits that can let you know exactly where the fish are holding.
If a fish blows up on a topwater but doesn’t get hooked, you’ll know exactly where they are so you can toss the topwater back out there, or even follow it up with a subsurface lure like a soft plastic.
When you’re searching for fish, it’s best to fan cast about 5-8 feet to the left or right of your previous cast.
This way, you can search an entire area and get a good idea of whether fish are there or not.
Using Topwater Lures For Redfish vs. Trout
Although both trout and redfish will hit a topwater lure, they do seem to have preferences in regards to how you retrieve it.
But before we get into the differences, let’s talk about something that is true no matter what species you’re targeting…
Don’t set hook until you feel the fish on your line.
It’s common for a fish to blow up your lure without getting hooked, so when that happens don’t try to set the hook.
If you do, you’ll rip lure from strike zone and guarantee you won’t catch anything.
Instead, calmly keep doing what you were doing and wait until you feel pressure on the line to set the hook.
Now, let’s get into the differences…
Redfish like it when you keep the lure moving.
If you get a blowup and they don’t get hooked, keep the pace or even speed it up
Trout, on the other hand, like it when the lure has an occasional pause.
Capt. Brock usually goes with five or six twitches and then a one or two-second pause
If you want to catch more fish on topwater this spring and summer, use a walk the dog retrieve and continue to fan cast until you find fish.
If redfish are in the area, make sure to retrieve your lure continuously, but if trout are around, add in a few pauses every now and then to entice them to strike.
Have any questions about using topwater lures?
Let us know in the comments below!
If you’re in North Carolina and want to book a trip with him, check out his website at EasternAngling.com.
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