Line tamer for topwaters

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This one I actually learned from professional angler John Cox. During a photo shoot I noticed he had two bobber stoppers pulled down snug to the eye of his Berkley Spin Rocket. To start with, I thought maybe he just had a flipping setup on that rod and didn’t want to waste the bobber stoppers so he tied the topwater on for a quick picture and left the bobber stoppers. I mean, you never know with Cox… and that’s what I love about the guy.

So I asked if that was the case and he answered “no” with a laugh. Then he explained that he uses the bobber stoppers to keep his braided line out of the prop of his topwater. Genius.

A lot of anglers prefer to throw prop-style topwaters on braided line in order to increase the distance they can throw the bait. The braid also comes in handy when battling big bass that try to bury up in dense vegetation. But the drawback of the limp braid is that it gets tangled up in the front prop of a bait like this between twitches. Then the bait has to be retrieved in order to untangle the line from the prop.

One solution many anglers use is a braid-to-monofilament leader. The stiffer monofilament stands out and doesn’t get tangled in the prop as the lure moves towards you, but you still get the benefits of a braided main line. The drawback here is that you’re adding another knot between the angler and the fish which increases the work when rigging the lure and adds one more potential point of failure.

So, Cox uses two stacked bobber stoppers to keep the line rigid right at the eye of the bait and keep his braid from tangling in the prop.