How to Fish Topwater Spook Lures
Killer Surface Lures
Learn to Walk The Dog
Learning how to fish with a topwater spook lure is an important technique for anglers to learn. Not only is it extremely exciting and an absolute blast to catch fish that crash the lure on the surface of the water, it can be the solution to unlocking the key to targeting the biggest fish in the local pond. Fish that react to topwater lures generally are larger and more aggressive fish and actively feeding.
In order to fish a spook it is important that you learn, how to "walk the dog" which is what the technique is called when the lure darts back and forth from the right and to the left. This is the action that makes the large mouth and small mouth bass think the lure is a wounded forage fish floundering on the surface. Bass encounter wounded fish all the time and they do not let them swim away, they are an easy meal that requires minimal effort to get.
The Spook comes in a variety of sizes to match the hatch. The tiny spook is a couple of inches and perfect for matching a baby minnow which can be deadly in the late summer and fall when that years, hatch-lings have grown up large enough to become part of the menu for the bass. Spook Jr. and regular lure are perfect for year round fishing and the Super spook and magnum perform when a large profile is required to be noticed by the bass.
Different Sized Forage FishClick thumbnail to view full-size
Top 5 Spook Colors
One of these five colors should catch a bass in just about every fishery in the country.
- Bone - Solid white
- Baby Bass
- Flitter Shad - Silver flake on the side of a white and clear body
- Chartreuse Shad
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Fishing the Spook
It is all about the rhythm and the cadence, to get the bait to dance on the surface left to right. In order to make the spook fish properly, the angler needs to be focused on the action that is imparted through the rod and line down to the lure. This technique works by popping the lure with a slight tug with the wrist, do not use your whole arm and pull the rod and then immediately giving the line slack by pointing the rod tip back towards the lure. As the spook glides to one side, then pop the rod down again with the wrist, to make the bait turn and start going the other direction, rinse repeat, over and over again until the bait is all the way back to the boat or gets exploded on by a fish.
When walking the dog with a spook, it is best if the rod is held down towards the water and when a fish strikes on the surface instead of setting the hook straight up, use a sweeping motion to the left or right to bury the hook in the fish.
The spook causes a lot of commotion when fishing on the surface. Sometimes the fish want to chase it down when it is moving at a very fast pace and other times, the fish will crush, it during a pause. Instead of keeping the bait moving the entire time, a pause every 3 or 4 twitches with the rod, give the fish just enough time to believe that it is wounded and an easy meal and will strike. After casting the lure into a likely spot, let it rest, sometimes a dead stick bait will get engulfed by a fish, that swam over to investigate what fell in the water.
Fishing Rod, Reel, & Line
Fishing a spook type lure requires a specific type of rod and reel, as well as line in order to effectively deploy the technique. Different anglers have their preferred style of rod that they like to use for this technique, however, it is best to use a graphite rod that is at least 7 feet in length and many anglers like a longer rod up to 8 feet. Using a medium to medium heavy action in the rod is also important as a rod that is too soft will make it difficult to work the lure all day long.
This is a reaction lure and like all reaction focused baits, it is wise to use a reel that has a fast gear ration so that the bait can be fished at a high speed. This is also important when working down the bank and targeting specific features of a shoreline to pick a part, the fast reel allows you to retrieve through the dead water quickly and get the lure back out into the hot zone. The Shimano Curado series of reels are a favorite of many anglers and they come in both a left and right handed models.
Unless you are fishing gin clear water and need to go with a mono filament line, the best solution is to use a braided line such as PowerPro. Fluorocarbon is not the right choice for topwater fishing due to its nature, it sinks rather than floats, thus making it alter the action making it less attractive to the fish and very difficult to retrieve.