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    Default Favorite topwater?

    It's snowing, I'm bored, so what is your favorite topwater?
    I'll have to say the Stillwater Smack It. It cast well enough, its loud and obnoxious. My biggest gripe about them is they are a pain to find. Rarely are they on-line, and stores always seem to be out. Never in BPS, or Anglers (at least when I checked). I may have to resort to the Tsunami popper if I can't find a few more Stillwater's. I usually throw the small, may try the large this year.
    One topwater I never like throwing are spooks. I love them from a boat or Shore, but the angle on the yak never works for me.
    So what's your favorite topwater, it's almost Spring and we have to be ready.
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    Quote Originally Posted by summersoff View Post
    It's snowing, I'm bored, so what is your favorite topwater?
    I'll have to say the Stillwater Smack It. It cast well enough, its loud and obnoxious. My biggest gripe about them is they are a pain to find. Rarely are they on-line, and stores always seem to be out. Never in BPS, or Anglers (at least when I checked). I may have to resort to the Tsunami popper if I can't find a few more Stillwater's. I usually throw the small, may try the large this year.
    One topwater I never like throwing are spooks. I love them from a boat or Shore, but the angle on the yak never works for me.
    So what's your favorite topwater, it's almost Spring and we have to be ready.
    Here you go....http://www.fishermansheadquarters.co...ater-lures.htm
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    ^^^^
    I have to take a look at the the whopper popper, is that fished like a spook?
    If you look closely at that Fishermans headquarters link, they are always out of stock of Smackits except one or two colors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by summersoff View Post
    I have to take a look at the the whopping poppers.
    If you look closely Fishermans headquarters is always out of stock of snackits except one or two colors.
    This is where I get mine, always have a lot of color selection http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/River...e-R2SWP13.html
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    I caught a couple of hundred bluegills fly fishing with a pink foam spider in 2016. Also got a few smallmouth bass and some fallfish.
    Over the years caught a mess of smallies on a black/silver rebel pop-r.
    White buzz baits also are fun.
    I like the Lucky Craft wake tail 85 too for bass.

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    For conventional tackle I am partial to Rapala's Skitter Pop. However, I modify it to remove the trebles. I replace them with a single in-line hook on the tail of the lure. Here's the result:

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    Note that I removed the middle hook entirely. I have caught largemouth bass and stripers with this very lure as configured, including my largest striper of last year, a 29 incher.

    For topwater flies I use homemade foam poppers.

    I use elongated flies like these for stripers:

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    Pickerels have also hit them in tidal creeks.

    For fresh water bass, pickerels, bluegills and crappies, I make foam poppers with rubber legs:

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    Quote Originally Posted by summersoff View Post
    ^^^^
    I have to take a look at the the whopper popper, is that fished like a spook?k.
    It's kind of a buzz bait if reeled continuously and a spook or popper if paused but it doesn't dart side to side. I guess the best comparison would be a heddon torpedo.

    My favorite top water is the old jitterbug.


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    I do not throw topwater very often. I currently have one rod with Smack-It Jr. tied on. I bought that lure at Marty's -- they usually have them in stock. Like Mark, I removed both trebles and added a J-hook with hair to the rear. I recall a day last summer near the mouth of Eastern Bay when Mark was catching a few stripers on his popper. I picked up the Smack-It Jr rod and quickly nailed a 24" striper.

    When I fish in Tampa Bay with a guide he uses a MirrOlure C-Eye Poppa Mullet for his topwater fishing. It is the same size as the Smack-It Jr. The MirrOlure website gives this information about that lure:

    Poppa Mullet™ - Dual Action Lure that calls them in.

    It Pops! It Walks! MirrOlure’s NEW surface lure, the Poppa Mullet™, offers two very effective top water actions. First, Poppa Mullet™ achieves a walk-the-dog action with ease. Second, you can easily fish this lure with a popping action. Both are equally effective on gator Trout, huge Redfish and trophy Snook


    I have caught some large speckled trout on that lure. He gave me one to bring home. I plan to use the same hook replacement when I tie it on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J.A. Veil View Post
    ...I recall a day last summer near the mouth of Eastern Bay when Mark was catching a few stripers on his popper. I picked up the Smack-It Jr rod and quickly nailed a 24" striper.
    I remember that day too.

    Count on John to find the big one!
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    I really like the poppa mullet, it casts like a bullet and has a nice action to it. That was my go-to topwater this summer.
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