Walk-the-dog Topwater baits
Topwater lures are one of the most exciting way to catch bass. There’s just something about that big bass inhaling a topwater bait followed by some tail-walking that gets the heart beating like nothing else.
Sammy Style torpedo shaped or often called “spooks” after the eponymous Heddon Zara-Spook, topwater stick baits have a cigar shaped body that sashays back and forth in an enticing “walk-the-dog” action, in what should be a required skill for every serious basser. Topwater baits look like a dying baitfish trying frantically to escape on the surface.
How to fish: Make a long cast and start twitching your rod tip down at a regular pace, and reel on the slack pulls. You’ll have the bait sashaying back and forth in no time. Topwater stick baits are deadly when worked along rip rap, over points, and anywhere bass are known to school. Of all the topwaters, Torpedo shaped baits have by far the most pulling power, and as such are the most effective topwater over deep water and in open water.