Wednesday, December 30, 2015

I am excited to announce that Tim Miller of Woodburn, Indiana has joined the Topwater Sniper team as an official lure prototype assessor. I will be looking for more prototype testers in the near future.
Are you a skilled fisherman?
Do you like a challenge?
Do you enjoy competition?
Do you love top water bass fishing?

Then you may have what it takes to be the 2016 TWS Top Sniper!

Prestige and prizes for those fisherman that excel at fishing the TWS "bullet"

Rules and requirements for the contest coming soon...

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

It's going to be a long off season...however, using my time to experiment with wooden swimbait designs. this is the xp-1 perch swimbait.Video at
On November 10th, 2015, I had a chance to go to Lakeside pond after work. I can honestly say I have never went bass fishing this late in the season, however, I was really excited about this lure and wanted to fish with it as much as possible before winter set in. Weather conditions were partly sunny, calm winds, 50 degrees, and water temp approximately 50 degrees. at 1:38 pm, on the very first cast, I landed a 15" bass. Ten minutes later I landed a second bass at 15". These were caught on the unpainted top water lure, same as all the others. I wondered if I was catching the same bass at this pond, since I hadn't ever caught bass here before. All 5 bass caught in this pond were 15". Fortunately, I had taken photos of all 5 and compared shape and markings. Upon close examination, they were all different. This leads me to the conclusion that there is a thriving , healthy population of bass in this small city pond. These are the two caught on this day.

Monday, December 28, 2015

The Story so far…
Chuck’s homemade topwater bass&pike lure
I had an idea to carve and make my own topwater bass lure in late September 2015. My only thought was that it would be very satisfying to someday maybe catch a fish on a lure I made.
-On September 27th, 2015 we decided to take the kids to Chain o lakes and go canoeing for the day. I thought it would be fun to take my fishing gear along, just in case. I also thought it would be a good chance just to check the action on my homemade lure(I didn’t expect much, considering it was not painted at all). We reached Bowen lake and I decided to start fishing. I still had a popular surface lure on my line from the time I went fishing before. I had cast that lure over a dozen times with no hits and felt I could at least check the action on my unpainted lure since the fish weren’t biting. On the second cast, I experienced a shocking topwater hit and landed the bass. I was absolutely surprised and got several more hits and another landed bass. I was very encouraged, but thought it might be a fluke.
-September 30th , 2015. Went fishing with Dad on Big Long Lake in LaGrange county Indiana. Weather conditions were horrible in my recollection. Winds at 20mph gusts, 54 degree and bright sun…not what I usually like to fish in. Dad was using plastic worms and surface lures, I was using my lure(still unpainted). At 8am He had caught 3 bass and I had caught just 1. we agreed to one more hour of fishing and there would be a contest as to who could put more bass in the boat by 9am. At 9am, the score was Dad 3…me 12…and that’s when he asked if I could make a lure for him.
-October 7th , 2015. Another day on Big Long with Dad. I decided I wanted to keep track of all hits and landed fish with my lure that morning. Calm conditions, fog…57 degrees. Landed 8 bass and a 26” northern pike with more than 30 topwater strikes…another good day for the unpainted lure.
October 14th, 2015. Big Long Lake. Both Dad and myself fishing with the lure. We landed over a dozen bass and Dad gets a 28” northern.

By now the boat is being put up and I decide to take my fishing to Lakeside pond, a city pond in Fort Wayne. I have fished this pond for many years and not caught anything but small bluegills…actually, mostly nothing. Over the past week on three occasions I caught three 15” Largemouth bass on the still unpainted lure. Many people who passed by while I was fishing this pond did not even believe that there were any fish in the pond. This pond does receive a lot of fishing pressure due to it location in the city, so I was excited that I could “fool” a street smart bass!