More than any other time of year, now is the time to be out throwing topwater. The long hot days post-spawn going into summer are my favorite times to go out and fish the surface.
This list does not include any swimbaits, because well, frankly I just spent the last two days pouring and fishing swimbaits, and I don't want to look at one right now.
River 2 Sea Frog
This is by far my favorite lure to fish, I would say ever. I love frog fishing and would rather do that than any other type of fishing given the choice. I have fished a lot of frogs and this has become my favorite one.
Snag Proof Small Frog
Not too many people use these baits but they have a few really key purposes.
I use them in clear water reservoirs with shy fish, as a follow up to big frogs on missed slurps. Plus, these baits are pretty light and you can get them to jump and do some stuff that a bigger frog won't do as easy which is perfect for fishing in open water.
Lunker Lure Buzz Bait
The original buzz bait: I like this bait because it is a simple, no-nonsense lure. It also squeaks like no other buzz bait I have ever used. I think this important in pissing fish off.
The Super Spook
The Super Spook has been a part of my arsenal for a long time now and I think it walks the best out of all the different sizes of Spooks.
The Zenith Lures Z-Claw
This is sort of an odd, walking bait with one large lead ball in it. It is made of a slightly different plastic than a lot of lures and makes a low knocking noise.
The Bloodshot Raptor
If you do not have a wood lure in your topwater line up, you need to get on the ball.
There are times when a wood lure can make all the difference in the world in turning lookers in to all-out killers. This particular wood lure is not made any longer, and when I found this out I purchased as many as I could (about fifteen or so).
The MegaBass Pop Max
Not all poppers are created equal - and let me tell you: this Japanese lure maker came up with one hell of a popper.
The Deps Buzzjet
This lure came out a couple years ago and raised a few eyebrows; it certainly got my attention and has become one of my favorites.
The Lucky Craft Splash Tail
This is a great lure in clear water reservoirs with small mouth and spotted bass in particular. It can be ripped and fished really fast.
These baits get some explosive strikes almost like a buzzbait.
The Lucky Craft Gunfish
This is a great subtle topwater bait when the fish are slap-happy and you can't seem to convert strikes into fish in the boat. Before you switch over to a jerk bait, give one of these things a shot.
Well - it’s coming up on 5:00 and still about 80 degrees out so I think I am going to go do some topwater fishing.