The kids are out of school and the water is warming up at your local lake. When the water warms, the fish get more active. This time of year signals that it’s time to dust off your tackle box and find your topwater lures. Some of the oldest, most popular lures to target a bite on top are poppers. The reason they’re so popular is that watching a big fish attack it from below and break the water’s surface is maybe the most exciting way to catch fish.

Captain Mike Gerry, a professional guide from Lake Guntersville, Alabama, talks about how and why the popper is one of his favorite bass baits.

Popper_lmbAs we turn more toward the top water bite that happens every summer no presentation goes further back in history than the infamous popping lure like the Pop-r. There are more than 30 versions of this popping lure, as manufacturers from all phases of the fishing world have made some version of this lure. The attraction is very clear, it catches fish!

The popping lure is the musical rendition of an on the water piano, with all making a unique sound, a unique cadence and capable of creating an explosion over the top of structure. Name your cadence, pop, pop, pop pause, or pop, pause, pop it even gulps, pops, and pauses, you get the picture; make your popping count, make it different or walk it like a dog and you will catch fish, the key is to establish a rhythm. This will help you find a cadence that creates a bite; once you do you’re having fun as bass of all sizes attack your lure with a vengeance.

Photos: In Fisherman (top); Fish Assist (above)

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Joe is an avid saltwater angler. He grew up in Washington State on the south end of Puget Sound where he first started fishing as a boy catching perch, flounder, rockfish, and occasionally salmon. Today, Joe lives in Southern California where he fishes off beaches and jetties, kayaks, and sportfishing boats. Joe writes about his saltwater adventures in the SoCal Salty blog, and for Western Outdoor News.