Topwater Kayak Fishing

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It is summer time, and the folks in the fish catching community have been throwing topwater for trout and redfish for months now. I had my first topwater explosions in mid-April this year. That is about right on time in Apalachee Bay. Topwater kayak fishing is as good as it gets, but summer time is extra special. It was not until a recent kayak fishing trip I renewed my extreme desire to embrace summer and the topwater game. It was right on time!

Like any junkie, my bones ache for spring and the first topwater action of the season. I truly enjoy every crash and explosion, and appreciate every fish for playing my game. I think they must share my passion, but from the other side of the surface.

Now add some summer heat, and my blood boils with the thought of calm slick summer mornings, and a topwater walking back to my kayak. Just knowing that the calmness of the water is about to be wrecked by a hungry predator that just could not stand that click-click-click sound! Every cast, I am saying “there is no way that one makes it back to the boat!” Every cast is anticipating a monstrous explosion! Will I see the redfish attack with half of its body out of the water, or will it be that monster trout that only attacks from below. There is no better game for summer entertainment, I promise.

Now the stage has been set, and if you are not throwing topwater yet, start tomor- row! Head to your local tackle shop and buy a nice selection of lures. Color is cool, but sound is better. A mixture of different sounds will prove to be lucrative for you. Pick a few up, shake them and listen. The sound will sell the bite, I promise.

Take your lures to the water and get to casting. Remember these are walk-the-dog style baits. I have no idea how that name came about, but I will continue the idea. Truth be told, I do not see the dog, but instead, a simple zig-zag pattern. Slow is key, and zig-zag is a must. The zig and the zag produce the sound that produces the explosion. Practice makes perfect.

Always use a short piece of fluorocarbon attached to your topwater, and braided line will make your cast fly. Let them crash the water, hesitate, and twitch. Walk back, and repeat until BAM! Now, this is no time for quick hook sets. Loose drags will catch more fish. Let them have it, before setting the hook. If they miss, let it sit, and twitch. Repeat, until an explosion occurs! This is a tease them until they just cannot take it game.

In my box is a mix of Heddon One Knockers, Mirrloure Top Dog Jrs, and Skitterwalks. Mostly in white and bone, but if you walk them correctly, color means less.
Kayaks, topwater, and summertime! Get out early. ENJOY.