Top water in the fall
Here it is October 11 and the weather in Northeastern Ontario has been unbelievable. With temperatures in the mid twenties for nearly a week now. On the 8th, Timmins was the hottest place in Canada. Today as we headed for Star Lake for some Smallmouth it was suppose to hit a high of 26 degrees celsius with winds from the south at 15 kmph..
Once on the lake we started of pulling drop shot rigs and dragging tubes in about twenty six feet of water. I noticed the fish higher up in the water column and started wondering if top water would work. It was October and the water temperature was 58.2 degrees. With nothing happening, I decided to tie on a Rebel popper as we headed to a sand bar. Craig was having a chuckle watching me work it when bam, this one hit.
Craig tied on a spook and we went on top of the shallow sand flat as we watched some smallmouth breaking water. After casting over the flat without any bites we moved off the flat to another flat. The next flat had rock on it and we stayed off the top of it as I casted my popper over it and Craig dragged his tube deeper. It wasn't long before this one hit my popper.
After catching a few more smallmouth it was time for lunch and to let Macy, Craigs dog have her nature break. On our way back to the launch Craig and I started talking about what I noticed while working my popper. I told him that I was working it fast until I thought it was just past the first drop off then pause it for about ten seconds. That is when one would swim up and hit my popper.
After Macys' break we headed back to the next spot. I was about to hand Craig one of his turkey sandwiches, which my wonderful girlfriend Chris made for us along with a piece of pumpkin pie, when I noticed Craig had his box of spooks and jerk baits out. We both agreed that a jerk bait would probably work but Craig said to me that top water was much more fun. I had to agree with him on that one. He noticed that my popper had a orange belly on it so he tied on a Heddon spook with an orange belly. After finishing off our first sandwich we arrived at our next spot. It wasn't long before Craig nailed this nice smallmouth.
Craig worked his spook with a steady retrieve and paused it when he thought it was just pass the first drop off. That is when his spook got hit. Craig had to settle Macy down as she was running back and forth while we landed our fish. He cast again paused his spook a second time over deeper water while still dealing with her. This hit came from over twenty two feet of water. We moved out a little more to see if the smallmouth would commit coming up from the deep water and they did. For whatever reason his spook called up more smallmouth than my popper . We figured it was the larger size of the spook as we finished off our second sandwich and pumpkin pie.
Although we did catch some on tubes and a crank bait, the top producers were the popper and spook. Who would of thought that top water would have worked so good this late in the season. You can count on this guy throwing them again after a couple of days of warmer weather in the fall.