Topwater baits are undeniably deadly for both large- and smallmouth bass.
With a variety of lure styles at our fingertips, presentation options ranging from hopping and popping to buzzing and walking make it easy to tailor techniques for topwater bass to the conditions at hand.
Still, catching bass on the ceiling is far from a no-brainer. To help you milk the most strikes from every trip, we tapped the topwater savvy of surface bassin’ expert Scott Bonnema.
- Commotion and noise are deal-breakers in topwater fishing, which is why Bonnema operates in stealth mode, especially when targeting shallow water. After slipping quietly within casting distance with his bow-mount electric trolling motor, he shuts down all electronics and pins the boat in place with a shallow-water anchoring system, in his case a Minn Kota Talon. “The Talon is quiet and has a soft-bottom mode that’s perfect for mucky substrates in shallow weedbeds,” he explains.