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It’s Top Water Time

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It’s that time again, the time when top water action heats up! This past week I went out to Calcasieu Lake (Big Lake) and although it was a little slow, I managed to pull out a few specs and redfish. The nice thing about it was, they were all on top water except for one flounder. I did attempt to throw other things but the above surface action is what they wanted.

If you are active on social media, it isn’t hard to find recent fish pics with top water lures hanging from their mouths. To me, there is no greater feeling than a hard-hitting top water hook-up. With that said, there are some anglers that shy away from top water, some because it is out of their comfort zone and some because of a lack of success or consistency. I would like to challenge those anglers to give top water a serious try.

As far as lure selection, there are several on the market and many produce. I am partial to the Skitter Walk line by Rapala. I have had repeated success in our area with the black and gold with orange underbelly, although I have had success with many other colors. I won’t say color doesn’t matter but I believe it is more about the action that produces those reaction strikes.

So, how do you work a top water? There are many different ways that you can do this. You can work them slow, fast, with pauses, etc. The way you work it may change from one day to the next. It is important to pay attention to what the fish are responding to. The only way you are going to get confident and know is through practice, experience, and a little trial and error. The first thing is to learn the walk-the-dog movement. Over time, it will become muscle memory. The important thing to remember is to stay with it, watch some how-to videos if you need to or ask a friend to help you out.

If you’re not a top water angler, I promise the first strike will make the heart flutter with an added dash of adrenaline. But it doesn't stop there, I still get it to this day. So, let’s get out there and enjoy this time of hot top water action!

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Shane has been kayak fishing since 2009 and is passionate about it. Inshore saltwater kayak fishing is his addiction of choice, however, he enjoys the occasional offshore and freshwater trip as well. He mainly fishes the inshore lakes, bayous, and marshes of Southwest Louisiana but does venture into other territories. Shane is a member of the Hobie Fishing Team and holds Pro Staff positions with YakAngler, Lucid Fishing, and Ship To Shore Co. He was also the founding president of the Lake Charles Kayak Fishing Club. "My simple goal for this blog is to promote kayak fishing as it is something I love. I will post articles, reviews, videos, photos, and basically all things kayak fishing." ~Shane [Shane Coleman] (