Category: topwater lures

What type and test strength line do you use for topwater fishing ?

Posted on February 10th, 2008

Hi Tim…The lb./test of line I use is determined by the size of lures I use and the size of the fish. For example, if I\’m fishing for smallmouth bass ranging in size from 2-4 lb. I will probably use an 6-8 lb. monofilament diameter Rapala Titanium Braid (braid breaking strength would be from 20-30 lb. test). I find braid line enables me to make further casts with lighter top-water lures and it also gives me more responsive hook-sets. If I\’m fishing for large saltwater fish such as tarpon, barracuda, & snapper with large top-water lures that may be up to 8″ in length, where fish I am angling for may reach sizes of over 80 lb., I will go to a much heaver Rapala Taitanium Braid in the 60-80 lb. test range (diameter of 12-14 lb. test monofilament line)…..God bless you, Italo

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Hi Italo, one of my Christmas gifts gifts was a smoke colored fireline. What conditions is this best for? Also I enjoy top water fishing on the Grand River, I know that chug bugs and poppers are basically \”twitched\” in on retrieve, I was wondering if you could suggest some techniques for my zara spook topwater lures. Is it possible to \”walk the dog\” on a river?

Posted on December 26th, 2007

Hi Ryan….The “smoke” Fireline is as natural color as they can make the superbraid lines. Fireline is ideal to use with artificial lures when you want a fast hook-set (no-stretch), or you want to feel bottom details (Fireline is excellent for transmitting vibrations and fishing jigs along the bottom). If you are live-bait fishing or needing to make a “finesse-presentation” with live bait, you are better off using monofilament line. A Zara Spook is a good all-round surface lure to use when the water is flat (no waves), and clear. You can use a walk-the-dog topwater presentation at any time. One of my favorite topwater lures is the Rapala Skitter Walk. You can chug-it, pop-it, and do a very tantalilzing walk-the-dog with it. I especially like it because 2/3 of the bait hangs below the surface when you pause it resulting in very good hook-ups…God bless you, Italo

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