Topwater Lures VS. Subsurface Plugs (When Should You Use Them?)

Topwater lures VS. subsurface plugs – when should you use one over the other?

Both of these lures can be effective under similar conditions.

But ONE major factor really decides what will work best.

Find out more below!!

Topwater Lures VS. Subsurface Plugs [VIDEO]

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The lures featured in the video are the Moonwalker topwater lure and the Skinny Lipper.

The Skinny Lipper is a floating hard-body jerk bait that can dive down 14-16 inches below the surface.

So when should you use each lure?

Usually, first thing in the morning I start out with a topwater lure.

Especially in spring, summer, and early fall during the warmer months.

Topwater is ideal during overcast or low-light conditions because the fish are feeding up at the surface.

If you notice the strikes are timid or you’re getting no strikes at all, then that is when I would switch over to the Skinny Lipper.

Or any lure that is subsurface that the fish will commit to.

Another example to break out the subsurface jerk bait is later in the morning.

When the sun gets higher and the fish aren’t going after topwater lures, that is when you want to make the switch.

The fish won’t be as willing to strike topwater lures later in the morning as they do at first light.

Keep in mind, you can fish a subsurface lure at any time of the day.

You don’t have to start every morning with a topwater lure but those are usually the best conditions for topwater action.

Although lures and lure selection are critical pieces of the puzzle, you need to be able to find the feeding fish first.

Fish move based on various conditions when it comes to inshore saltwater fishing.

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Ronald Peedin
10 months ago

thanks will try to do better

Timothy Lee gould
11 months ago

I love the both of them💪 and I hve the both of them…great lures and enjoy reeling the fish in using this amazing lures💯💥

Dez Moore
11 months ago

Love the info learning something new every day

Steven Busby
11 months ago

I learn something new with almost every Fishing Tip the coaches post. Best thing I’ve ever done is join Salt Strong! Now if I can just get out on the water and put all this new knowledge to use!!

Steven Free
11 months ago

I agree Tony to everything you said in fact that’s how I use these 2 types of lures but until these constant thunderstorms that happens sometimes 2 to 3 times a day starts to subside I think the fishing is going to be poor at best but I’ll keep trying thanks for the info and all you do

Mark Ethridge
11 months ago

Good info Tony!

Thomas Utley
11 months ago

Another helpful
Video that is very good and the reasons for why and the how comes of the topics of one over the other …. Thanks Guys

Tom Annunziata
11 months ago

Thanks Tony some more great information

Jose Reyes
11 months ago

Good info-works for me too.

Michael Cooper
11 months ago

Thanks again for the awesome tip


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