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Topwater lures, or surface baits, are just what the names suggest, fishing lures that float on the surface of the water. Most topwaters have a cupped head or lips attached to make a splashing or popping sound when fished. The noises that are created attract fish from great distances.

Generally you cast topwater lures near cover. A common technique is to retrieve the lures in quick jerks with short pauses in between. You will get the most luck with topwaters in shallow water in the morning and evening.

Many bass tournaments have been won with topwater fishing lures in shallow water! In this entry we want to discuss a couple of the most popular surface baits that even the pros won't leave behind.

Arbogast Jointed Jitterbug

The Fred Arbogast Jointed Jitterbug has been often called "most action-packed topwater lure available". The Arbogast company produces some of the best baits available to professional and amateur anglers and the Jitterbug is no exception. The splash on the surface of the water created by the jointed tail will attract large fish from afar and not just bass either. Musky and pike have been caught on this lure just as often I'm sure.

Heddon Crazy Crawler

The Heddon Crazy Crawler is another oft-used lure by professional anglers. The Heddon name attached to the lure should tell you something right off the bat. Heddon is been around a long time and boasts some of the top used lures to date.

The Crazy Crawler is a great lure to use for even beginner topwater anglers. No special technique is required, it has crazy action without any extra effort on your part. You can just cast and retrieve. Try going slow and then speed up if you don't see strikes. After the cast, wait until the rings are gone before retrieving. Upon landing is often when the strike will occur.

Heddon Zara Spook

The Heddon Zara Spook produces a side-to-side action that bass and pike can't resist. It can be used even when the water is a bit choppy or if there is rain disturbing the surface of the water, because of the great action created.

For even more action to attract the big game fish, anglers often look to the "wounded" variety of the Zara Spook. The Wounded Zara Spook comes equipped with propellers on the front and back ends creating a ruckus on the surface of the water. It mimics prey that has been injured, and in the wild predators sniff out the weak and attack with a vengeance.

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The key to locating bass host spots is actually quite simple. You just need to follow the food chain. But first things first...

Bass Fishing hotspotWhat Does The Bass Food Chain Mainly Consist Of?

You will find bass where the baitfish are. Minnows and other baitifish are what the bass generally eat. OK, that's not news, where can the baitfish be found? Keep following the food chain. The baitfish feed on the Zooplankton which feed on Phytoplankton.

So, let's find out where the patches of Zooplankton or Phytoplankton are and we'll find out where the bass (or other game fish) are spending there time. We could go as far as "creating" these patches ourselves and the fish will come to us! (more on that shortly)

Locating the Phytoplankton usually involves just finding areas of direct sunlight close to the shore, especially where there is a lot of green algae. Look at those spots, and if the water appears "stained" with a dark green or even black color, you are likely witnessing a patch of Phytoplankton! And what's happening there? A feeding frenzy and some hungry bass! Also, if you are able to locate lush patches of vegetation along the shoreline with some water runoff, those are the perfect conditions for Chlorophyll to grow. And where there's Chlorophyll, there is Phytoplankton.

You may also stumble across patches of Zooplankton when you are checking around for the dark green and black stains. The patches of Zooplankton aren't always in obvious locations like the Phytoplankton. They are tough to see from above the water but if the lighting conditions are just right you may see a large mass of what look like snowflakes dancing around, dubbed the "dancing snowflakes" by fishermen in the know. These spots are so hot and teaming with game fish that some serious anglers actually go the extra mile and buy specialized cameras that can look underwater for these dancing snowflakes!

So, if you are on the lookout for these patches, you can be sure your fishing will be kicked up a notch or two. Happy fishing!

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Are you looking for a lure that is easy to fish with but still keeps a lot of top water action? The Arbogast Jitterbug Lure is probably your answer. To be honest, there is really only one way I would recommend fishing this lure, and that’s to use it how it is designed. The small plate in the front was designed to cause the lure to shimmy back and forth by itself. Therefore, instead of having to use a slack retrieval method like walking the dog, you can just let the Jitterbug do a smaller side to side motion for you by a steady and medium speed retrieval.

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Can The Arbogast Jitterbug Be Used For Night Fishing?

The noise on a Jitterbug is also very unique. Since you are doing a consistent retrieval and there is a consistent noise, many fishermen enjoy using this for any type of night bass fishing. What you will hear is a consistent popping noise that is produced by the way it disperses the water in front of the lure. It also has to do with the way the lures plate on the front slaps against the lure as it goes through the water which gives it another different type of noise which fish seem to be attracted to.

Does This Lure Come In Different Models?

There are actually three different models. Your first would be the standard Jitterbug which comes with a treble hook on the back and is the classic Jitterbug that many fishermen have been using for years. I think Arbogast got in on a good market when they produced the Weedless Jitterbug.

Now, obviously, there is still some risk of getting the lure snagged, but the smaller hook protected by the body of the lure and with it being skirted it will significantly help reduce the amount of times you will be snagged on logs and other brush. The last option you have is the Jointed Jitterbug. This actually has a wagging tail to produce a bigger motion in the water than the classic Jitterbug.

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So just what is a cuddy boat? A cuddy is a small cabin in a boat. A cuddy boat is a boat with a small cabin, maybe even a small galley and small head. It may have a small berth too. Normally the cuddy is not tall enough to stand in. Also a "Cuddy cabin", while a redundant term (cuddy itself means cabin), is a common term among small boaters.

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