Topwater stickbaits are long and slender baits that do not have lips or propellers. Their action comes from the fishermen retrieving the lure with a series of jerks. Topwater stickbaits will walk along the water in a side to side action. This is called walking the dog. Stickbaits are great for shallow water, however, they have been know to work in as deep as 15 feet of water. Fish will come to the surface to see the disturbance.
Rod, Reel & Line
Topwater Stickbaits are usually fished with a baitcaster with heavier line and a heavier rod, however, spinning gear and 8 to 12 pound line will also get the job done while fishing for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass in open water. If you’re fishing around heavy cover, go heavier and you’ll have a better chance to land that real big fish.