Topwater Bites Make for Magical Days

Every day spent fishing is a good day but some days are magical.  Today was certainly one of those magical days.  I went to a small private lake to do some filming for the web site but I got so much more than I had planned on.

The plan was to shoot some footage on flipping.  I’d drawn a co-angler the first day at Muskogee who had never done any flipping and since I spent the entire day about 30 feet off of the bank, he’d had a really hard time that day.  I didn’t get a chance to give him the lesson that he’d asked me to at the motel after we fished, so I told him I’d film some video tips and put them on my site.

When I got the boat in the water this morning, it was still pretty dark so I decided to do a little fishing before the light got right.  It was a beautiful early fall morning, temps about 55 and a light fog on the water, perfect weather for fishing a topwater.  One of my favorite topwaters for this particular lake is  a buzzfrog, specifically a Stanley Ribbit.  I don’t know why, but the bass in this lake love the Ribbit and there’s nothing better than catching fish on top.

Today, the bass were shallow and loving that Ribbit!  As you can see from the video, the action was hot and heavy.  In less than an hour, I caught 14 on the Ribbit and a few more on a swimbait for another video lesson.  Days like this one really make up for a lot of those times where everything seems to be a struggle and bites are hard to come by.

It was one of those days where I couldn’t do anything wrong and the fish hit practically on cue.  The only problem was that I ran the video camera battery down filming these segments and didn’t have a spare with me, so I didn’t get a chance to film the flipping tips that I originally went out there to get.  Hmmm…..nothing can be done about it now, guess I’ll just have to go back tomorrow and do it all over again.  After all, it’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it.

Thanks to the sponsors who make this all possible:, Lowrance Electronics, Phoenix Bass Boats, Costa del Mar Sunglasses, Bass Angler Magazine and Mississippi Van Lines.  Without all of you, none of this would be possible.

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5 Responses to Topwater Bites Make for Magical Days

  1. Bud Kennedy says:

    The video work you are doing has really upped the ante for the total quality of your site. I really enjoyed this video and can’t wait until you do others. I read this stuff for the purpose of learning and to just have fun. You have accomplished both. Thanks a bunch.

  2. Scott McGehee says:

    Thanks Bud. I’m glad you liked it. If you have any suggestions about other videos you’d like to see, just let me know. I’m always looking for new ideas.

  3. Bill Ford says:

    Great video…They should start hitting like that at the Rez soon…
    Can’t wait to see your video on flipping..


  4. Michael says:

    Great video and great tips! Beautiful morning on the lake and fish were very cooperative.

  5. Bud Kennedy says:

    Scott, I had never used a ribbit until last weekend at the Bass Boat Talk rally. It was loads of fun and plenty of action with the Lake Norman spotted bass. Heading to Santee this coming week and plan on trying little ribbit action there. The shad are moving up and the big girls are in pursuit so it should be loads of fun. I am sure that Jigs and Spinnerbaits will also play a part in the action.

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