Finesse popper

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Again, a smaller bait suits an amateur angler well, so we go with a finesse popper here instead of a larger Chug Bug or big walking-style topwater like a Spook. And again, using a topwater to trigger a bite from a bass on the surface is always a good idea when trying to introduce someone to bass fishing. As an avid angler when I look back, most of the fish catches that stand out in my memory came on a topwater. There’s just so much excitement associated with a topwater bite.

In contrast, the finesse popper brings something different to the table versus the 1/4-ounce buzzbait and that is cadence. With a popper, the angler learns the importance of cadence and how to create it. Cadence simply refers to a pattern of action that creates a desired result. So if you hear about someone walking a topwater or working a jerkbait, they’ll typically use the word cadence. With a popper, you can’t really go wrong with cadence. Some days the fish like it a little faster; some days a little slower. But by simply twitching your rod tip until you find a consistent motion that creates a pattern of pops on the other end of the line, you can develop a cadence that will help you when trying out all sorts of other baits later.