Tips to Recover a Top Water Miss


  It soon will be the most fun and exciting time to fish for largemouth bass. As the water warms into the mid-seventies, bass begin to feast on surface prey. With a popping, chugging, spitting, walking gets in the vicinity of a largemouth, hold on tight for the explosion. This experience can be the most addictive adrenaline in some angler?s lives. However, the bass as well as the angler sometimes miss the strike, in this blog let us discuss some tips to catch that lunker once he lets you know where he lives.      
 Whether you are using old favorites such as a Rebel Pop?r, a Heddon Zara Spook, or an Arbogast Hula Popper. Or even new favorites like the Rapala Skitter pop or a Smack-n-shad 2, by Redemption Outdoors, (pictured above) the most frustrating thing about fishing top water is that bass frequently miss the lure.
 It is difficult to determine if the bass simply misses the lure or changes it mind. At times it seems as though the only ?blow up? on the lure in anger or to scare it away. Whatever the excuse for missing the hook set, a successful angler has a back up plan. This is where having a second rod handy will be a value to your arsenal.    
  It is very difficult to keep from over reacting on a short strike and jerking the lure right out of the water the top water explosion can scare the faint at heart. One tip after a missed strike is to allow the lure to remain motionless for a bit, and then give it a light twitch. If the lunker is close beneath investigating the lure the slightest twitch can trigger a violent reaction in the bass with an explosion on the lure.      
  If you have not gotten a second strike after a few seconds, simply reel the topwater lure in and with a back up rod, cast back to the same spot with a tube or a worm rigged weedless without a weight. After casting to the spot, allow the soft plastic worm to sink slowly.  If a strike does not immediately occur, lift the rod high to raise the bait, then allow it to sink again. Watch the line carefully because the bass may inhale the hook without a motion. As the line jumps or moves, with a side sweep, set the hook!       
 Often a bass will miscalculate a strike on a topwater lure due to sunlight, or cover obstructing its vision or an over zealous angler pulling the bait away to quickly. However bass will often viciously strike slow moving bait in the same spot. It?s as if the bass is aggravated by the presence of the topwater lure, and lashes out at the invader. With what appears to be food slowly sinking onto its plate it is like a reward for chasing it away, and they cannot resist against eating the free meal.    

Happy Fishing!  
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