Top-water time


As the grass grows beneath the waterline, the top-water bite gets better and better. The next few months will be as good as it gets all year. The key is finding the right cover, depth, and using the correct top-water bait.  
When you’re fishing on top understanding the technique and correct presentation can make the difference in your day. You must know what top-water bait fits what conditions. I break my top-water baits into a few categories; baits for shoreline cover, baits for open water and baits for cover on top - in open water. Doing this allows me to separate my baits and put them in boxes for the different conditions I find on the water, and I suggest you do the same.
Shoreline cover is different, as it forces you to find weedless baits and work directly to the edge of the shoreline. Casting accuracy is imperative so choosing a top-water bait that you can place where you want makes a difference. The SPRO frog is a great choice. It’s weedless, it’s weighted enough for an accurate cast, and you can work in all kinds of shoreline cover. Open water allows you to do many different things with a top-water bait, so I look at the weather conditions to determine my choice. If there is a chop, I generally use some sort of walking bait like a spook or equivalent,
In windy conditions it catches fish. It’s also heavy enough to throw into the wind allowing you to spend less time worrying about overruns while casting. The stronger the wind the bigger size walking bait I use, as the bigger profile moves more water.  
Lastly, open water baits with cover allows me to be creative. I believe there are two ways to fish this - along the edge and in the cover. The edge of cover to me is ideal for running a Picasso buzz-bait along the cover; it’s noisy and it brings fish out of the cover. Also it’s a bait you can present on the edge of any type of cover. Buzz-baits just plain catch fish and working the outside edges is as good as it gets for a Picasso buzz-bait. In the cover is simple; it’s just another opportunity to fish a SPRO frog.

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