Fishing a Walking Bait Post Spawn

May 02, 2022 Fishing Tips

Once water temperatures climb above 55°, walking style topwater lures come into their own. There's something special about walking-the-dog post spawn that really triggers a big bass's predatory instincts.

The moniker ‘walking’ bait is a nod to the way the lures sashay side-to-side rather than straight-line it back to the reel. This walk-the-dog action makes the lure look like a confused or injured baitfish, which engages the bass’s predatory instinct.

Anglers must manipulate the lure just right to get the proper movement out of it. To impart the right action, throw slack back at the lure every time you jerk the rod tip. Jerk the line, and then point the rod tip back at the lure. This slack line will cause the bait to dart from side to side rather than make forward progress.

A critical part creating the right action is in rigging and line selection. Use a loop knot to give the nose of the bait complete freedom to search side to side as it walks across the surface. Monofilament is ideal, but if you prefer braid, you can attach a mono leader.

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