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March 19, 2004
I just steady retrieve my topwater prop baits with a subsurface figure 8 You can work them fast and slow, You have to try to read the fish that is following somtimes you can speed up and the fish will turn on or turn off you just need to experiment with it but always do a subsurface figure 8 this works fine with topraiders/prop baits and creepers and hog wobblers but doesn't really work with Zara Spook styled baits like the Poes awaker or the Stidhams Z180, The Zara Spook style bait you can mix it up work it than let it sit for a 123 count than work it fast than slow it down.
Somtimes what you can do is use a prop bait for a search bait and than throw a creeper or hogwobbler back on a follower.
Hope this helps, Jeff
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May 19, 2004
In my opinion the key to a topwater bait is NOISE. Each bait has different characteristics that make it attractive to fish. But it basically comes down to noise. I don't mean rattles and the like, I mean water noise... the splashing and plopping. I experiment with each different type of topwater I have to see what retrieve makes it "noisy" and tailor my retrieve to fit.
Some baits like Po JAckpot require a lot of work. Others like a hawg wobbler just take a slow steady retrieve. Experimenting with different types should increase the likelihood of a heart stopping topwater smash.
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