Spring Topwater Bass Fishing - Everything You Need To Know!

Whopper Ploppers, Frogs, Poppers, Buzzbaits, and Walking baits are all great Spring topwater lures. Today Matt explains the signs that the topwater bite has started, where to throw the lures, and when each style is effective. He also gives key tips on retrieve, cadence, color, and gear selection.

The excitement of a topwater explosion is unlike anything else in bass fishing. Once you've had an explosive strike you can't wait for the next! Knowing when to put the time in to get those bites is the key. Is today a good day for a popper? Would you have caught more bass with a buzzbait? Matt explains explains how to choose the baits based on conditions, fish behavior, and location.

Color selection is very simple with Spring topwater. If you cover the 3 basics of white, black, and chartreuse, you're prepared for virtually any situation. It doesn't hurt to throw a natural bluegill in from time to time as well.

Below is a breakdown of the baits Matt discussed in the video as well as Matt's top choices for hook upgrades, rods, reels, and more.

Walking Baits...

-River2Sea Rover 128: http://bit.ly/2acSVea

-Reaction Innovations Vixen: http://bit.ly/2rp11nr

-Bubble Walker 128: http://bit.ly/2e0PZOY

Poppers...

-Yellow Magic 1/2 oz: http://bit.ly/2al0dKP

-Splash It Standard: http://bit.ly/2Fp8MQV

-Bubble Walker 80: http://bit.ly/2e0PZOY

Frogs...

-Bully Wa 2: http://bit.ly/2axyR2a

-Gavacho: http://bit.ly/2L7KsWS

Buzzbaits...

-D&M Slow Roller (Clacker removed): http://bit.ly/2t7BMKt

-Brabec Double Buzz: http://bit.ly/2OVAfjy

Whopper Ploppers...

-Whopper Plopper 75 and 110: http://bit.ly/2bsPbQV

Hook and Split Ring Replacements...

-Regular Treble- Owner ST-36: http://bit.ly/2cWpeyw

(small baits size 4, large baits size 2)

-Feathered Treble- Gamaktsu Black: http://bit.ly/2Ii4IXO

-Split Rings- Owner Hyperwire (Size 2,3,4): http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

All-Around topwater Combo...

Rod- Curado 7' Medium: http://bit.ly/2E9gktQ

Reel- Shimano SLX 150: http://bit.ly/2NfdOnk

Line- 40 lb Power Pro: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b

Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 15 lb: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

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Backwater Bass Fishing - Kayaks and Flippin Sticks

Bass Everywhere but too shallow for the big boats! Matt and Tim hit the water in Old Town's Predator PDL Kayaks in search of big bites in ultra shallow water. Come along as they adapt to a new fishing style and succesfully power fish the shallows. 

The bass were crushing frogs, buzz baits, and creatures. Using these power techniques while standing on a small platform presents unique challenges but the guys adapted to the conditions and continued to put fish in the boat. They've got a long way to go but Day 1 on the Kayaks was a success. 

The Baits... 
Buzzbait- Damiki Noisy Buzz: http://bit.ly/2P8PWnd
Buzzbait Trailer- Zoom Horny Toad: http://bit.ly/2aY5lBt
Frog- River2Sea Bully Wa 2: http://bit.ly/2axyR2a
Creature Bait- Rage Tail Craw: http://bit.ly/2uoqsLJ
Tungsten Weight- 1 oz Trash Bomb: http://bit.ly/2bHj2pB
Flippin Hook- Gamakatsu EWG Superline 4/0: http://bit.ly/2ac92XG

Matt's Flippin' Combo...
Rod- Expride 7'11" Extra Heavy: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL
Reel- Curado 200K 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh
Line- 65 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Tim's Frog Combo... 
Rod- Shimano SLX 7'2" Heavy (Pre-Order Now): http://bit.ly/2L3wppO
Reel- SLX 7:1 Ratio (Pre-Order Now): http://bit.ly/2NfdOnk
Line- 65 lb Sufix 832: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji

Kayaks- Old Town Predator PDL: http://bit.ly/2wQNOsG
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Topwater Tricks For Early Fall

Do Red Hooks, Feathered Trebles, and different retrieves make a difference? Matt explores these tricks and more as he teaches how to catch more topwater bass this late Summer and early Fall. Do you want to catch bigger bass on top? This will make all the difference!

As Spring turns to Summer the bass become more wary of topwater lures. As Summer fades to Fall it can be downright tough to fool the bigger fish. Making these subtle changes will maximize your opportunities and in some cases, will actually get you more bites. 

Our favorite Topwater baits vary but here are some of our top picks for this time of year... 

Reaction Innovations Vixen: http://bit.ly/2rp11nr
River2Sea Rover: http://bit.ly/2acSVea
Evergreen ShowerBlows: http://bit.ly/2zIkqUH
River2Sea Whopper Plopper 110/130: http://bit.ly/2bsPbQV
Dirty Jigs Canterbury Buzzbait: http://bit.ly/2cWI6if
Bully Wa 2 (Little Allen Color): http://bit.ly/2axyR2a
Yellow Magic Popper: http://bit.ly/2al0dKP
River2Sea Bubble Walker: http://bit.ly/2e0PZOY
Megabass Dog X Diamante: http://bit.ly/2Q5GPUH

Hooks For Topwaters...
Round Bend- Gamakatsu 1X: http://bit.ly/2fJzTgu
Round Bend- Owner ST-36: http://bit.ly/2cWpeyw
Stronger Hook- Owner STX-38: http://bit.ly/2oNIeCD
Red Treble- Owner ST-36: http://bit.ly/2wSknXp
Feathered Trebles: http://bit.ly/2dJH8V6

Topwater Storage...
Plano 3700 Deep Box: http://bit.ly/2xjccls
Treble Hook Covers: http://bit.ly/2Q3GaTL

All- Around Topwater Combo... 
Rod- Zodias 7'2" Medium Heavy: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe
Reel- Curado 200K 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh
Line- 50 lb Sufix 832: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji
Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9
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Topwater Challenge: He Called His Bites!

From the first cast to the last, these bass were chewing! When you hear guys talking about frog fishing, these are the bites they dream about! Throw in a variety of tips about adapting frog fishing to your style instead of trying to fit yourself into the frogging mold, and this video is sure to help your fishing!

Matt has been struggling with his hookset as he regains strength after his accident. Instead of fighting it and continuing to lose fish he switched to smaller frogs and softer rods and was able to executive much more efficiently. This method works for anyone of smaller stature or anglers that are young/old that struggles to get a strong enough hookset for frog fishing. 

Matt's Baits...

-Bully Wa 55 Frog (Ghost, Little Allen): http://bit.ly/2axyR2a
-Gavacho Frog (Red Frog, Chart Strike Gill): http://bit.ly/2L7KsWS

Other great frogs for this method...

-Live Target 45T: http://bit.ly/29YiZHC
-Bobby's Perfect Frog 1/2 oz: http://bit.ly/2abpR40
-Spro BronzeEye Baby Popper Frog: http://bit.ly/2PoPH7L

Our Favorite Frog Rods...
-Dobyns Champion 7'3" XH (736): http://bit.ly/2abq8nl
-Shimano Expride 7'3" XH: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

Budget Friendly Rod...
-Dobyns Fury 7'3" Extra Heavy: http://bit.ly/2bGvlVV

Softer Frog Rod Alternatives...
-Zodias 7'2" Heavy: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe
-Megabass Orochi XX 7' Tour Versatile: http://bit.ly/2OSVNwH

Budget Friendly Softer Rod...
-Exage 7'2" Heavy: http://bit.ly/2mGp1Vc

Frogging Reels...
High-End- Metanium MGL: http://bit.ly/2ezIBfB
Matt's Choice- Shimano Curado 200K 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh
Budget Friendly- Casitas 150: http://bit.ly/2geKxsp

Favorite Line- Power Pro MaxCuatro 65 lb: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Great Alternative- Sufix 832 65 lb: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji
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