We’ve all been there and we’ve all had some choice words to say about it. After all, it’s a pretty typical day of fishing. You get out there at daylight and the bite is really turned on, especially on topwater! But then the sun pops up and POOF! It’s over and it’s like you’re on a totally different lake. So what now!
There are a bunch of different ways to approach this problem and most of the time you slow down, move deeper and go to a totally different bait and technique. But it’s hard to get excited about that; and it seems so slow after you’ve been catching them on top.
So how about a way to extent that topwater bite?
I’ve been using swimbaits for a while now and while I was playing around with some of the smaller soft plastic ones earlier this year, I found a way to do just that. It works best when the topwater bite is on fast moving baits such as a Ribbit, Horney Toad or Buzzbait, but it’ll pretty much work anytime the fish have been chasing bait and turn off that topwater bite.
What I’m doing is using a Zoom Swimming Fluke or a Reaction Skinny Dipper and rigging it weightless. The bait will still swim but it runs just under the surface and you are basically waking the bait. I’ve seen a bunch of days where the fish will continue to hit this bait when they aren’t quite aggressive enough to still hit the topwater.
Take a look at this video and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Then give it a try and see what you think. It’ll help you catch more fish. It certainly has for me!
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