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Old 06-05-2011, 08:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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For years, I have used Pop-R style lures to catch fish ranging in size from dinks to ones over 6 lbs. These lures also range from tiny versions 2" long to some that are over 4" long, and they can represent a myriad of different forage to a bass. Let's discuss some of the things that you can do to make this topwater favorite among anglers even better!

1. Try different brands! Almost every hard-bait company today has a version of the popper. Don't get stuck in just using one particular brand because it's always produced for you. Have a few different company's brands in your box and try them out when a certain style isn't producing on a given day. A lot of the times you will find that anglers on the same body of water will catch wind of what is producing and bass will become conditioned to that lure. If your's has rattles, try a silent model. If the cup of the lip is less, try one with a bigger cup in the lip. Don't limit yourself to just using one brand over and over......you could be missing out on a lot of big bass.

2. Use a split ring to tie your knot. A lot of versions these days have a split ring, but those that don't, I feel, are lacking against those that do. A split ring at the front of the bait allows the angler to have more freedom of movement when it comes to how the lure will act in the water. Not only that, it will give you a lot mor ease of use when tying your knots.

3. Use Sharpies! With the various companies that make these lures, the color range is wide. There are times, however, when adding a little extra color to your lures can produce. I never go fishing without having a Sharpie available to add color. I usually have a red marker, a blue marker, and a green marker available. Sharpie also makes "gold" and "silver" markers that will add to your color selection. By adding color, you cam easily mimic the forage that the bass are hitting that day. Red, however, will make it seem that your bait is bleeding. I use it to add color to the throat area of the lure as well as the feather on the rear treble.
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Old 06-05-2011, 10:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I think cadence is crucial with poppers. Some times it pop...pop..pop or pop..count to three pop..pop etc. There are so many variables you can try a new retrieve on just about every cast. The fish seem to key in on a particular cadence on a particular day. They will let you know. I've tried throwing next to a dock three times with the same retrieve with nothing and then try again with a little different variable and they would strike.
Another tip is to put a red hook on the back with feathers. This may be a confidence thing with me but I like it.
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With topwater plugs, I always let the bait sit still after it hits the water. I have had a ton of strikes while the bait was doing nothing after it was cast out.

I'm not sure if this is just a personal preference, or a common practice, but try it.

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I agree with letting sit after the cast. My Grand pa taught me to let it sit until all the surface rings around it are gone.
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I also teach kids on how to use poppers I think they are easy for them to use and it is great to see the reaction they do from a topwater hit.Jared,I will have to give your line tie setup a try.
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I agree with letting sit after the cast. My Grand pa taught me to let it sit until all the surface rings around it are gone.
exactly what my dad and grandfather taught me too.
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Experiment, experiment, experiment with cadance, find what the fish want. Do not be afraid to throw them next to cover, as close as you can, then pratice your casting so you can them even closer.
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