Different types of top water baits
A Topwater fishing lure is a type of fishing lure, usually floating, that may be moved about the surface of water in order to attract and cause fish to attempt to strike the lure. Non-floating versions may be retrieved at sufficient speed to cause them to travel at the water’s surface.
Hollow Frogs & Rats: Hollow bodied frogs and rats are probably the ultimate lilly pad fishing bait.
Hollow Body frogs are one of the best and most entertaining baits for catching Largemouth bass in cover.This is due to the fact that they are weedless and easily crawl across weed mats and pads producing a big silhouette for fish to see from the underside of pads. Don’t be afraid to tie a frog or rat on and give it a whirl, fish love them and trust me you will too.
Poppers: Poppers also known as chuggers and spitters have concave faces that cause them to pop, gurgle or spit water when you twitch them.
Stick Baits (Walkers): I believe the Zara Spook might be the most widely used stick bait there is on the market. It’s cigar shape and weighted rear end allows it to have a walk the dog (side to side) action as your twitch the bait. Stick baits are also baits for open water or waters where the weeds have not reached the surface as they, like poppers, have treble hooks at the front and rear end.
Crawlers: The Jitterbug is the standard for crawling topwater baits. The wide concave lip causes the bait have a side to side action accompanied by a “plop plop” sound that fish can’t resist. Simply cast it into open water or waters that have weeds below the surface and hold on. Crawlers are great baits for night time, heavily overcast and rainy day fishing.
Propbaits: Propbaits look similar to stickbaits with a more narrow profile and small propellors at each end. They’re fished with twitches and frequent pauses that make props spin simulating feeding baitfish. Like many others on the topwater list they are good for open water and water with below surface weeds.
Buzzbaits: Buzzbaits are great baits for covering large amounts of water within a short time. They have a large propellor like blade that throw a lot of water making the buzz sound across the surface. Retrieve them slowly and steadily as they sink when you stop reeling. As well you want to retrieve the slowly in order to keep the bait in the strike zone longer avoiding missed strikes.