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#1 Jun-02-18 8:17AM

Junger
Northern Snakehead
From: Potomac, MD
Registered: Aug-14-17
Posts: 163

My best top water day!

I had about an hour to kill yesterday while my truck was getting an oil change, so I brought a light spinning rod and the tiny Rebel Pop-R and uber'd over to Lake Whetstone to mess around. Low and behold, I caught a decent lb'er right off the bat, then two more dinks farther down the trail right of the boat house.
https://i.imgur.com/h1gWAhW.jpg?1
I would have had another decent one, but I had casted near a brush pile, and the bass headed for it and the mini-popper got snagged on some branches. I was using 8lb braid so it snapped off while trying to get it back. Luckily it wasn't far out so I could use wading boots to get it back, but they were at home.

So this morning, determined to get my mini popper back and encouraged by the hits on the popper yesterday, I headed out around 7AM back to Whetstone. Last year, I threw poppers about 4 times and got zero hits and gave up topwater at this lake, but it was the middle of summer and probably not under the right conditions when I tried. This morning it was almost zero wind, started cloudy, then became partly sunny behind clouds. I threw on a Lightning Shad Rico, and got a nice 1.5 lb'er on the second cast, followed by 3 more dinks.
https://i.imgur.com/vdZwHNQ.jpg?1https://i.imgur.com/X3ZTfOg.jpg?1https://i.imgur.com/pRp0dne.jpg?1https://i.imgur.com/bANRHZv.jpg?1

Then I started back west of the boathouse toward the dam. I've never done well on this stretch, but it has always looked good. Lots of isolated wood with some decent bank drop off to about 4 feet. Worked the Rico methodically near a large fallen branch, and got rewarded with one almost 2LB I'd guess. I feel bad about his bloody tail, he was actually only hooked with one barb on the trailing treble hook, and I hoisted him up the bank and the treble hook snapped, the bass took a spill onto the pavement and split his tail. Hopefully he'll be OK.
https://i.imgur.com/VKFutpN.jpg?1https://i.imgur.com/THUFv55.jpg?2

Got a couple more dinks, barely bigger than the Rico and decided that it was time to upsize the lure. I was competing with a TON of carp splashing all about and making a ruckus all around the banks, so I needed something with more rattle/pops and threw on a Yellow Magic 3.5" Gold Shad popper. That did the trick and I landed a nice one, I'd guess about 2.5lbs, and long. Cast it far out away from the bank, and made very loud pops then about 20 feet from the bank when I got into the strike zone, started to go more subtle and longer pauses. It smacked the YM popper about 6 feet from me and pulled drag.
https://i.imgur.com/9JCetbk.jpg?2https://i.imgur.com/zkb8eHj.jpg?1

I'm so glad to get on the topwater bite again, it's been almost a year since I had a good day on them.

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#2 Jun-02-18 8:29AM

Ernie
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From: Ashburn VA
Registered: Feb-03-06
Posts: 12053

Re: My best top water day!

That's some good action....may need to do some of that after my walk and before the monsoons.


Time to go fishin' again!

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#3 Jun-02-18 8:31AM

Junger
Northern Snakehead
From: Potomac, MD
Registered: Aug-14-17
Posts: 163

Re: My best top water day!

Ernie wrote:

That's some good action....may need to do some of that after my walk and before the monsoons.

Yep that was also part of the plan, they called for T-storms by 10AM, but they haven't come yet...get out while you can!

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#4 Jun-02-18 9:04AM

drxfish
Patagonian Toothfish
From: Sterling
Registered: Jan-04-14
Posts: 943

Re: My best top water day!

Great job!  I love topwater!!!


Always wishin' I was fishin'

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#5 Jun-02-18 12:07PM

captmikestarrett
Patagonian Toothfish
From: Potomac River
Registered: May-06-08
Posts: 1640
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Re: My best top water day!

RICO RICO RICO....

Love them..

Capt Mike


Light Tackle Fishing Guide on the Potomac

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#6 Jun-02-18 1:27PM

Junger
Northern Snakehead
From: Potomac, MD
Registered: Aug-14-17
Posts: 163

Re: My best top water day!

captmikestarrett wrote:

RICO RICO RICO....

Love them..

Capt Mike

Yep all your fault, you turned me on to them.

What replacement trebles do you use?

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#7 Jun-02-18 1:58PM

drxfish
Patagonian Toothfish
From: Sterling
Registered: Jan-04-14
Posts: 943

Re: My best top water day!

KVD short shanks are good.  Bigger in the front.  Shop around for the dressed trebles.  You can even go single hook in the back if you want.

Last edited by drxfish (Jun-02-18 1:58PM)


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#8 Jun-02-18 2:08PM

Ernie
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From: Ashburn VA
Registered: Feb-03-06
Posts: 12053

Re: My best top water day!

Get rid of the trebles and go single!

After you and Mo posted up your top water successes, I went out with the 8wt with top water bugs. A coupe of BGs sniffed at ‘em but that was it!


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#9 Jun-02-18 2:14PM

captmikestarrett
Patagonian Toothfish
From: Potomac River
Registered: May-06-08
Posts: 1640
Website

Re: My best top water day!

I like the red ones cause the paint wears off and they are shinny.

Capt Mike


Light Tackle Fishing Guide on the Potomac

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#10 Jun-02-18 7:44PM

drxfish
Patagonian Toothfish
From: Sterling
Registered: Jan-04-14
Posts: 943

Re: My best top water day!

Red in the front is good.  Something to target.


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#11 Jun-20-18 7:15PM

Junger
Northern Snakehead
From: Potomac, MD
Registered: Aug-14-17
Posts: 163

Re: My best top water day!

Question about replacement treble hooks.

What size single hooks should I get for the #4 trebles and #6 trebles, respectively?

I'm looking at the Gamakatsu Single Hook 510 or Owner Single Hook 4101's.

Nevermind: The Owner's on Tacklewarehouse have a good chart.

Last edited by Junger (Jun-20-18 7:20PM)

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