The product recommendations on our site are independently chosen by our editors. When you click through our links, we may earn a commission. Thanks for helping us do what we love.

3 Tips to Improve Topwater Lure Action

Professional bass angler Justin Atkins shares his top 3 tips for getting more action and better hookups when bass fishing with topwater lures.

A split ring on the eye of the bait allows for more freedom of movement but can damage fishing knots. Justin’s workaround is to remove the split ring altogether and tie a loop knot using braid direct to the lure. A moderate action rod is a must with this no-stretch braid setup; it minimizes premature hook sets and tearing off skin hooked fish, yet has plenty of power to drive home heavy hooks.