Topwater lures, or surface baits, are just what the names suggest, fishing lures that float on the surface of the water. Most topwaters havea cupped head or lips attached to make a splashing or popping sound when fished. The noises that are created attract fish from great distances.

Generally you cast topwater lures near cover. A common technique is to retrieve the lures in quick jerks with short pauses in between. You will get the most luck with topwaters in shallow water in the morning and evening.

Many bass tournaments have been won with topwater fishing lures in shallow water! In this entry we want to discuss a couple of the most popular surface baits that even the pros won't leave behind.

Arbogast Jointed Jitterbug

The Fred Arbogast Jointed Jitterbug has been often called "most action-packed topwater lure available". The Arbogast company produces some of the best baits available to professional and amateur anglers and the Jitterbug is no exception. The splash on the surface of the water created by the jointed tail will attract large fish from afar and not just bass either. Musky and pike have been caught on this lure just as often I'm sure. Read the latest Fred Arbogast Jointed Jitterbug Review.

Heddon Crazy Crawler

The Heddon Crazy Crawler is another oft-used lure by professional anglers. The Heddon name attached to the lure should tell you something right off the bat. Heddon is been around a long time and boasts some of the top used lures to date.

The Crazy Crawler is a great lure to use for even beginner topwater anglers. No special technique is required, it has crazy action without any extra effort on your part. You can just cast and retrieve. Try going slow and then speed up if you don't see strikes. After the cast, wait until the rings are gone before retrieving. Upon landing is often when the strike will occur. Read the latest Heddon Crazy Crawler Review.

Heddon Zara Spook

The Heddon Zara Spook produces a side-to-side action that bass and pike can't resist. It can be used even when the water is a bit choppy or if there is rain disturbing the surface of the water, because of the great action created.

For even more action to attract the big game fish, anglers often look to the "wounded" variety of the Zara Spook. The Wounded Zara Spook comes equipped with propellers on the front and back ends creating a ruckus on the surface of the water. It mimics prey that has been injured, and in the wild predators sniff out the weak and attack with a vengeance. Read the latest Heddon Zara Spook Review.

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