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Friday, 22 April 2016 00:00

It's Topwater Time

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It’s that time again, the time when top water action heats up! This past week I went out to Calcasieu Lake (Big Lake) and although it was a little slow, I managed to pull out a few specs and redfish. The nice thing about it was, except for one flounder they were all on topwater. I did attempt to throw other things, but the surface action is what they wanted.

If you are active on social media, it isn’t hard to find fish pics with topwater lures hanging from their mouths. To me, there is no greater feeling than a hard-hitting top water hook-up. With that said, there are some anglers that shy away from topwater, some because it is out of their comfort zone and some because of a lack of success or consistency. I would like to challenge those anglers to give top water a serious try.

As far as lure selection, there are several on the market and many produce. I am partial to the “Skitter Walk®” line by Rapala. I have had repeated success with the black and gold with orange underbelly in our area, although I have had success with many other colors. I won’t say color doesn’t matter, but I believe it is more about the action that produces those reaction strikes.

There are many different ways to fish a topwater bait. You can work them slow, fast, with pauses, etc. The way you work it may change from one day to the next in order to generate a strike. It is important to pay attention to what the fish are responding to. The only way you are going to get confident and know is through practice, experience, and a little trial and error. The first thing is to learn the walk-the-dog movement. Over time, it will become muscle memory. Stay with it, watch some how-to videos if you need to, or ask a friend to help you out.

If you’re not a topwater angler, I promise the first strike will make your heart flutter with an added dash of adrenaline. I still get it to this day. So, let’s get out there and enjoy this time hot topwater action!

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Shane Coleman

Shane has been kayak fishing since 2009. Inshore saltwater kayak fishing is his addiction of choice. However, he enjoys the occasional offshore and freshwater trip as well. He most frequents the saltwater lakes, bayous, and marshes of Southwest Louisiana.

Website: www.marshlifeyakin.com


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