Guest post By Mike Roux
There is no doubt in my mind that the Good Lord has blessed me far beyond my worth. If I never caught another bass, He has seen fit to let me fight dozens of largemouth over 8-pounds. Many of these were caught on surface lures. Let’s look at a couple of them.
The late June sun had almost disappeared beneath the western tree-line as my MOTOLURE top-water bass bait hit the water between two trees laying in the water about six-feet apart. The vibration of the lure created enticing ripples on the mirror-still surface.
The next time she came up my partner, Brian Dralle got the net under her and she was mine. The scale read 10-pounds, 4-ounces. She was and still is my largest bass taken on a top-water lure.
Late summer and early fall are great times for bass to aggressively attack top-water baits. I use several different surface lures and I would like to take just a few minutes to highlight some of my favorites. These are in no particular order.
MOTOLURE: Since I already mentioned this lure and it has caught my biggest bass on the surface we will start here.
I have used the MOTOLURE for about 10-years. It is responsible for catching me more bass over 5-pounds during that time than any other lure or bait. Offered in several model and color combinations, the MOTOLURE has a built-in mechanism that causes it to vibrate. Each time you “chug” the lure it resets the mechanism, causing it to vibrate again.
This kind of action is new and different than anything else the bass have ever seen, regardless of the fishing pressure on a particular body of water. This lure is well made and very durable and dependable. To get your MOTOLURES go towww.motolure.com. I highly recommend them.
ZARA SPOOK: The side-to-side action of this minnow-imitating lure is commonly referred to as “walking the dog”. By rhythmically twitching your rod tip you can cause this lure to move back and forth during the retrieve. This action effectively mimics the motion that an injured minnow might make.
The Spook comes in a variety of sizes and colors. I prefer chrome during the day and black after dark and before sunrise. Frog patterns with yellow bellies also work well, especially in the smaller sizes.
BUZZ BAITS: For over 40-years the buzz bait has been a favorite top-water lure among bass anglers. Because the combination of both noise and movement can really aggravate fish this is one of the most exciting surface lures available.
One tip to keep in mind with buzz baits is that you will need a very high speed reel. Normal reels will take a long time to bring these lures to the surface. Often you are outside the best part of the strike zone before the bait starts buzzing. High speed reels eliminate that problem, bringing the bait to the top quickly. BOOYAH buzz baits are the best and are the ones I recommend.
To see the entire line of Zara Spooks, Booyah buzz baits, Jitterbugs and Hula Poppers go to www.lurenet.com. Be sure to check-out my web site; www.mikeroux.com. May God bless al of your outdoor activities.