Topwater Lures VS. Paddletails (When To Make The Switch)

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Topwater Lures VS. Paddletails.

When should you make the switch from one to the other?

Let’s find out!!

Topwater Lures VS. Paddletails [VIDEO]

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I was out fishing super early in the morning recently.

There were large schools of bait all over.

But topwater lures just weren’t getting the job done.

Typically, topwater is my go-to first thing in the morning.

But if you’re fishing around large schools of bait causing a commotion on the surface, it can be tough for those fish to dial into your topwater lure.

I switched over to a larger paddletail to fish below the schools of bait.

Fishing below or just outside the schools of baitfish draws more attention to your lure.

Predatory fish are looking to pick off the weaker fish off to the sides or below the masses of bait.

This is when you should make the switch from a topwater lure to subsurface paddletail lures.

The very first cast with the BOMBER, I hooked into a solid trout.

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Jan Radjeski
8 months ago

Good points Tony.

Ronald Peedin
8 months ago

thanks will try this

Ricky Halle-Podell
8 months ago

Really enjoy your videos and style. How many rods do you take on your little boat. Looked like you just swapped out the lures on same rod. Also what is the measuring tool I have seen that on a few photos in the community lately

Fletcher Dunton
8 months ago

Thank you, Tony – I will give that a try. Btw – what model Gheenoe is that?

Matt Pfeiffer
8 months ago

Great info, thanks for sharing!

Jon Hammerstein
8 months ago

Tony, thanks again. I always enjoy your videos. Also, did you happen to be going to the Gheenoe rally in Saint Marks Florida? I believe it’s the weekend of 23 September Friday Saturday Sunday I will be attending with my Gheenoe.

Bob Page
8 months ago

I use both…I tie a 24-30” leader to the tail hook on the moonwalker and a paddletail or shrimp bait to the leader….you won’t need to ever use popping cork again 🎣❗️

Shane Anders
8 months ago

That is exactly what worked for me this morning I was hesitant to use a paddle tail because it was so calm out I started off using the jerk bait but the paddle tails what did the trick for me

Pablo Diaz
8 months ago

Nice tip and video Tony!!! Nice trout

Al Wiedemann
8 months ago

Thanks Tony!

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