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How to Modify Prop Baits for Better Action

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Topwater prop baits like the Smithwick Devil’s Horse are an excellent choice for bass from the spawn through the fall months. Elite Series pro Terry Scroggins highlights their effectiveness around specific cover elements like holes in the grass, stumps, or boat docks. Many prop baits make a decent sputter out of the package but tend to move too far on the pull, which takes them out of small strike windows. This simple tweak to the props produces more surface disturbance while reducing the distance the bait moves laterally when worked. This means more action while staying nearer to the piece of cover you suspect a bass to be hanging on.