Topwater popper

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I’ll also reduce the size of my other topwater offerings once the water gets particularly hot. Small poppers, I’ve found over the years, are far more productive than big walking-style topwaters or even the big reeling baits that have gained a lot of popularity as of late. Again, picking a bait that matches the forage is key and the abundance of bream and bluegill shallow make color selection easy.

Another thing that makes a popper good this time of year comes again by way of forage, but this time for the bait fish. Mayfly and cicada hatches happen throughout much of the country in the summertime and lead to all out feeding frenzies along the surface. A popper in the right color perfectly mimics a bait fish feasting away, unaware of what lies beneath.

Downsizing should be your main focus if you’re wanting to try your hand at power fishing shallow water in the summer. Use baits that have a smaller physical profile and create a smaller sound signature or vibration. You’re typically not going to be able to get a fish to travel far to find your bait, so lures with a lot of pull to them aren’t as effective as they are other times of the year.

Instead you want to fish something smaller and more subtle, that won’t intimidate the fish when you reel it right by its nose. Which is what you’ll often have to do to get bit in the summertime shallow. But that doesn’t mean you have to pickup a shaky head. Just take a step down from your traditional power-fishing baits and you’ll soon see an uptick in your output.