Over this past month of fishing I have learned a few things about the Topwater Sniper Method of fishing and I wanted to share this with anyone that is using or will use the "Sniper" lure.
1. Stealth is key. Generally...just as a real sniper, you get one shot in an area. I have found that if you get a strike and miss the fish, it normally doesn't strike again on an immediate subsequent cast. Come back to that area later after things have settled down. However, if you notice there are many bass in that area, subsequent casts may often work.
2. Just as a real sniper, shot placement is also key. Because you may only have one shot, accuracy with your cast is crucial. Pick your spot, plan your cast and retrieve. For example, yesterday I went to a lake and was fishing from shore. Weed overgrowth in the lake is terrible. I arrived about 9:30 a.m. and it was cloudy and calm. I came across a small cove with cattails bordering the shore and thick weed and algae carpet 20 feet from shore. There was a small window of clear shallow water in between. I planned to quietly move up to the cattails and find a spot to cast from. I then thought there may be a bass or two hanging out in the cattails and/or weed carpet waiting to ambush prey. I found my casting spot, got a good cast in that would give me about 8 feet in which to work the lure before it got snagged in the weeds. As the lure dropped in, I paused a second and then popped the lure in a zig zag motion...after about 2 feet of retrieving, I noticed a wake streaking in toward the lure from the weed carpet...WHAM!!! He blew up on it and I hauled in the first bass of the day...on the first cast of the day!
3. Now that I've shared what the Sniper lure is...I'll tell you what it's not. It's not a magic lure, you can't just cast it out anywhere and anytime...and expect fish to jump in the boat (like the banjo minnow...ha ha). It's a lure...by that I mean the fisherman is trying to fool a fish into trying to eat a piece of wood or plastic instead of real prey. Obviously, it takes a lot of practice and skill to fish this way, as opposed to using nightcrawlers or minnows.
It's not the only way to catch bass and pike...but it is the MOST FUN way to catch them!
I believe this lure is the most effective way to fish top water...and it's a complete BLAST!!!
I would love to hear any comments, suggestions, and analysis any of you have for me... GOOD LUCK!!!
SNIPER LURE COMES THROUGH... even in tough conditions!
Dateline: Big Long Lake
Fishing conditions were not my favorite this morning for top water bassin'. No wind, sun...not a cloud in the sky...that all makes for tough fishing in my book. I much prefer the conditions I had two days ago...very thick clouds and little wind. Regardless of the conditions, the Sniper lure still came out a winner! I had a northern pike curl completely out of the water to slam down on the lure...but he missed it! I'll get him next time.
Went to Big Long Lake in the morning and Lake Wahk-Shin-Gah in the afternoon. It was 60 degrees and low clouds with almost no wind...PERFECT!
I wish I had the time and writing ability to share how fun of a fishing day it was! Fishing exclusively with the "Sniper", Dad and I caught 13 Largemouth bass and a keeper northern pike. I was able to earn 5 more points in the contest...which brings me up to 26.
I've been out fishing 6 different times at 2 different lakes, exclusively fishing the top water "Sniper". The lure has produced action and fish every time...so for the season, Sniper is 6 and 0.
Lake Wahk-Shin Gah's aquatic vegetation has grown so much as to produce large areas of unfishable water...unless you go weedless. I am trying to solve this problem by creating an x-lure I call the "stinger frog". The bottom of the lure is carved like the hull of a boat, weighted with a nail, and armed with a single hook on top. Initial trials were great for attracting attention and multiple blow-ups...but I had a hard time setting the hook. Had some really big strikes and it was so exciting to fish those areas, but I need to work on getting a better hookset. The bass in the picture was finally caught on the stinger frog after 4 other bass blew up it during the same cast!
I've been fishing Big Long lake for 3 years now. When my Dad and I fish there we never pull out the topwater lures until late summer and fall. Since I created my lure last October I had been wondering if it would work on Spring bass. The answer is a resounding YES!!!
Terry from Texas sent these two pics in today and an experience with a 5 pounder that"blew up violently" on the lure...but he lost him. Now that Terry knows he's in that pond...it's only a matter of time.
Good job Terry!
Terry asked if repainting the lure to match the particular prey in his area is an acceptable modification...and the answer is YES!
Terry is awarded 2 points for 2 Largemouth Bass in the 1-3 pound range.
I wanted to share information with competitors and newcomers the Topwatersniper fishing method as I have discovered so far.
1. Click on the video link to learn the "ideal" method in fishing this lure. There is a cadence involved in the "ideal" presentation of this lure. It may take a good deal of practice to get it down.
2. I have found that targeting flats with vegetation and drop-offs are good hunting grounds.
3. With this method, you are targeting aggressive fish. It is up to you, the fisherman, to scout potential ambush predator fish hang-outs...and present them with a tempting target. Use your skills with the rod and reel to put "life" into the lure.
4. Keep your eyes on the lure and surrounding water. Be ready when the fish explodes on the lure...be ready when a fish subtly slurps the lure under the water's surface...and prepare yourself when you see a tell-tale wake from a hungry fish behind the lure. I have experienced all of these reactions.
I am invested in your success...when you succeed, I succeed!
Rough morning at lake Wahk-Shin-Gah...but not skunked! Soaking rain, strong winds and limited shoreline fishing due to an increase in aquatic vegetation...all added up to a challenging morning of fishing. I was able to find a small window of time and water to snipe a few. Better weather ahead!!!