Walking the Dog for Topwater ActionBy Shane Beilue - July 1, 2021
For those new to the pursuit of bass fishing, topwater lures are most effective in the warmer months of spring through late fall when a bass' metabolism is higher, and classic times for tossing a topwater plug is during low light conditions of early morning, late evening, or anytime heavy cloud cover roll across the area. These are times when bass are generally out away from cover and aggressively looking for forage opportunities among the shallow points and flats or over submerged vegetation. There's something about the side-side, rhythmic cadence of a walking bait, such as the Storm Arashi Top Walker, that typically attracts a larger class of bass. The Top Walker is a 3-hook design, contains an internal rattle, and comes in 4/ 1/4" or 5 1/8", providing the opportunity to upsize the bait's profile to provide further appeal for larger bass.
Gear for properly walking a bait like the Top Walker is critical. Due to its tendency to sink in the water, fluorocarbon line is a no-go. Braided line or monofilament; however, have more buoyant properties than fluoro and both lines work great with the walking style lure. Neither line is as invisible as fluorocarbon; however, line visibility isn't a concern with a topwater - even in ultra-clear water. Because of this, don't fear going with heavy line to avoid breaking off a quality bass in the cover: 15-25# test monofilament or 40-50# braid are the line sizes of choice.
In order to provide proper action to the lure with ease, rod choices should be no longer than 7' in length. Longer rods tend to hit the side of the boat when imparting the downward twitch. Baitcasting reels in 6-8:1 gear ratio work great.