Topwater Power Fishing (And Why We Quit For This)

Do you want to catch big fish on topwater lures while covering lots of ground?

Have you ever wondered when is the perfect time to switch from topwater lures to subsurface presentations?

In this episode, we are topwater power fishing for snook, trout, and redfish along the flats.

Listen in as we break down some of the best lures to use and best spots to target for early morning topwater action.

We cover the basics of power fishing and what you should be doing throughout the early morning before the sun comes up.

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Eric Gilhart
1 month ago

Thank you so much for this video, it couldn”t have come at a better time. I’m still new to inshore fishing and have been fishing near the Sebastin Inlet area. Getting snagged in the mangroves, losing a big snook on 20 pound leader, having my Owner in-lines bend out fighting something massive and losing it, even watching boaters zoom by and wondering why are they doing that and am I allowed to do that. It is so refreshing watching you guys going thru the same things I struggle with. It just shows we all experience these little set backs and gives me the confidence to keep going. But in the end I’ve decided to walk away from fishing,” I’m so scared right now, I’m just going to do what’s sensible and file for unemployment and try to get a job at Enterprise Rent a Car because they got an excellent corporate structure and they, they give you the tools to be your own boss”.
Lololol, I even love the movie quotes, name that one. See everyone out there on Monday…

1 month ago
Reply to  Eric Gilhart

Thanks so much for posting the nice comment Eric! And great movie quote… “Did we just become best friends?”

Adam Gibbons
1 month ago

Could u show an video on best way to rig live bait for gator trout and smaller trout (shrimp, minnows, mullet, etc)

1 month ago
Reply to  Adam Gibbons

The best rigging is always based on the current flow and depth zone that you need for each bait, so this is not something that can be answered in a comment feed. This is a very important topic so we have assembled a full course that is dedicated to helping fishermen solve that exact problem (rigging and using live bait for catching trophy fish). Here’s a link for you to learn more about it: https://secure.saltstrong.com/live-bait-mastery-special-offer

Richard Fiorentino
1 month ago

what knot do you use to attach the 30 pound line to your 20 pound leader? I assume it is a double uni

1 month ago

The double uni will work, but I use the blood knot since it is more streamlined.

Timothy Cox
1 month ago

What knot(s) are you using for that 20lb to 30lb leader?

1 month ago
Reply to  Timothy Cox

I use the blood knot because it is very streamlined in the water.

Richard Fiorentino
1 month ago

how is water quality in Tampa presently?

Last edited 1 month ago by Richard Fiorentino
1 month ago

The Bay is mostly clear… some traces are along the Gulf though as seen in the latest FWC map: https://myfwc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=87162eec3eb846218cec711d16462a72

Wes Hamil
1 month ago

Love these videos and am also a big fan of Weird Al! Watched a couple of his videos just last night. Fished NSB this morning and only got a couple lazy swipes at my topwater offering.

1 month ago
Reply to  Wes Hamil

Thanks for making time to post the nice comment Wes!

Matt Pfeiffer
1 month ago

Joe…”we” got some Dr. Juice around here? I don’ have mine…
Luke…”ahhhh, that’s tough luck. That’s gonna hurt your chances.”
Priceless! And exactly as you would expect a brother to be!
Luke is coldhearted and ruthless! Just messin’ around, but that was funny.
Cool video, thanks guys!

Last edited 1 month ago by Matt Pfeiffer
1 month ago
Reply to  Matt Pfeiffer

Haha! Glad to see that you enjoyed this live fishing video.

Matt Pfeiffer
1 month ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

I did! On a side bar…good for you, bad for me, I think I lost my pretty new bottle of Dr. Juice at the kayak launch ramp! New order forthcoming!!!

1 month ago
Reply to  Matt Pfeiffer

Sorry to hear about the Dr. Juice bottle that got away.

Matt Pfeiffer
1 month ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Hey, there’s always at least one that got away, right? Just lost a big ol’ Jack on the Moonwalker. Was pulling it in very fast cause the leader was wrapped around one of the hooks. This jack was not going to give up. Took him about 5 strikes but he finally nailed it. You just never know what’s going to happen on the water!

Charles Phillippi
1 month ago

Become a simplicity specialist!! Awesome video. The bomber the go to!!

1 month ago

Thanks Charles!

Roland "Rook" Eldred
1 month ago

Great show guys! I enjoyed this extended 45minute format very much. Would look forward to seeing more tapings like this on SaltStrong TV with da brodders at first light!! Thanks guys!!!

1 month ago

Thanks Rook!

Bill Brown
1 month ago

Great video! You guys are fishing the bomber really fast which produces great tail action but when I do that it tends to be well off the bottom, Watched a video last week that stressed being on the bottom for big fish. What weight are you using to be able to keep it down? And in 1-2′ of water where do you want it to run?

1 month ago
Reply to  Bill Brown

The area we were fishing this trip was just 1.5 to 2 ft of water with 6″ seagrass rising from the bottom… so we were keeping the lures about 1 ft under the surface to keep above the grass. The hooks used was a 4/0 weighted hook with a 1/8th oz weight on it.

Note: In the early morning hours, it’s not mandatory to keep the lure near the bottom… this is when fish will come up to the surface to eat. Once the sun came up, we slowed the retrieves down to get the lures a bit lower and to make it easier for the fish to strike.

Bill Brown
1 month ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Thanks Luke! Very helpful

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