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Topwater Techniques, Lure Selections for Bass

Learn how wind, water clarity impact topwater bass fishing in this episode of Beyond the Bait Powered by Streamlight.

You can trace Dr. Todd A. Kuhn's love of topwater lures for bass back 20 years to the St. John's River.

That's when the host of the Game & Fish video-tips series Beyond the Bait Powered by Streamlight caught his personal-best bass, an 11-pounder that bit a gold/black back Rapala 11G.

"She just exploded on the bait. I set the hook and what a fight," Kuhn says. "I love topwater baits."

In Episode 8 ("Technical Topwater"), Kuhn covers all types of topwater baits, and how and when to use them. Wind and water clarity impact your topwater lure selection. It's critical, Kuhn says, for a bass to see and hear the lure. Learn more about topwater fishing for bass in the video above.


Beyond the Bait Powered by Streamlight is a 13-episode video series on gameandfishmag.com that focusses on the best baits for bass fishing. Join Game & Fish's Dr. Todd A. Kuhn every Tuesday this spring as he goes deep into how bass lures work, what bass find irresistible in them, and how you catch more on your next trip.


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