Popping Shade Lines with a Topwater Popper

May 25, 2022 Fishing Tips

Cup-faced, popper style topwater lures are great at coaxing stubborn bass out of hiding. While a popper can be plunked slowly beside an isolated object to get a bass to bite, these lures can also be worked briskly along an edge, like a shade line.

Summer sun will put fish into shady areas beneath docks and along shorelines shrouded by nearby trees. From these vantage points, bass look out into the well-lit waters and wait to ambush hapless baitfish.

Positioning is important when working a shade line. Move in tight to the line and cast parallel and very close to it. Trace its edge all the way back to the boat (or wherever you’re standing) to keep the lure in the high percentage strike zone throughout the entire retrieve.

You can make the lure look like a wounded, confused minnow with frequent starts and fits of motion, followed by irregular pauses.

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