Topwater fishing in the fall

Why do many fishermen choose to catch on top? Types of surface lures. Differences in catching on topwater. Fishing for surface bait in the fall.

Surface baits (topwater) are used mostly in the summer, as lazy fish get caught in a thicket of grass on a hot day and snooze in the shade. She doesn’t even lead with her “ear”, that is, with a sideline, when vibratory gears and turntables flop into a hole nearby. But hardly in the window among the water lilies a hasty popper snarls, letting out a "mustache" on the water, the pike's nerves can’t stand it: grab the nose across! .. And there you go, Kukan, madam ...

Differences in catching on topwater

Catching on topwaters differs among a series of various and most varied methods of spinning fishing in that the fishing process is in full view from the fall of the bait to the surface of a sleepy lake or the crafty murmuring river Gryaznushki to the moment of grabbing a predator. Often this moment of grasp is the main and brightest miracle, for the sake of which many anglers choose fishing from above. Here a popper or glider falls into the water, leaving circles on the mirror surface. The bait went on the water, making light flashing sounds and wagging from side to side. Behind it stretch long tracks on the surface. Suddenly, a movement occurred in the thickets of grass, the yellow buds of the egg capsule swayed, some shadow flickered under the water, and ... a breaker boiled near the bait, a greedy mouth opened and slammed shut. And then a spotty-golden pike jumped out of the grass with a fierce spring, shaking its head from side to side and trying to knock the bait out of its mouth. All this fishing on surface lures ...

Do they catch superficial baits in the fall "> how to make popper from poplar). I had to make such baits when the predator refused to take on baubles, meanwhile mockingly flapping its tail in the gaps among the hornwort, proving its existence and appetite. Such home-made products looked Of course, it’s ridiculous, because the production process was no less ridiculous: to cut out something that resembles a cigar obliquely cut in the front part, scrape a “spit” out of it, burn the holes hot on a fire with a nail, insert the wire arches and hang the threes. You will still get a knot with hooks, but for some reason sometimes an eager pike takes it very funny or the dodger is enough to take off. Probably, predators choke on water and swallow a handmade curve ... Or, from curiosity, all of this, which also destroys young females of the Homo sapiens family.

A distinctive feature of poppers

A distinctive feature, whether it’s a chip or an insidious trick of poppers, is their noisy game on top, where, in addition to brisk hasty movements, you can hear spitting and snorting like a living large insect that has fallen on the surface of the river, or a playful frog, a fed-up mayfly and trying to fool around on the water ... These sounds come out in poppers, using a recess in the front of the bait, which squishes an empty cavity under the pressure of running water. These strange sounds to the angler are nonetheless attractive to the fish. In addition, skitter pop poppers are equipped with bright flies in the tail section, which also creates the conditions for an attractive bait game.

And then overseas crazy swimmers showed up in Russian homeland, although they seem to have enough of their own if you look at the beach on a day off ... Walkers are back and forth, and other crawlers really jump on the water like crazy. Crazy Crawler baits are not quite widespread here yet, but, I think, they could very well pass in the Siberian rivers for a lunatic mouse, who decided to suddenly cross the river. However, there are among the surface lures and gliders in the form of a mouse.

Spinner bates

Spinnerbates are also quite sophisticated in appearance, but quite successful at work. Their feature is that they are a symbiosis of spinning spinners and octopus-type bait, consisting of a fringe of rubber threads. This seemingly ridiculous at first glance design, completely unlike anything under water, for some reason causes pike excitement and the desire to eat a fluttering, brilliant and strumming-buzzing miracle of technology. However, the "octopus" can easily be replaced with any other silicone bait, including twisters and worms. Also, spinnerbates are very good unhooked, since they work in a vertical plane, easily passing thickets of grass through its vertically growing stems and protecting the hook with a bow located in front.

Spinnerbates work everywhere

Spinnerbates cannot be called purely surface baits, since they work well both below the surface level and in the water column, but at an accelerated speed of posting, they easily move on top. Here they are ranked as topwater as a group of successful lures that you can and should take with you to catch spinning on top. And this is especially necessary because a large pike can become a trophy, which, as has already been said, for some reason loves this ridiculous in appearance bait. Especially when there is not one, but two or even four petals on it, and the “octopus” of rubber bands fluttering like a Papuan skirt below. This "skirt" is best used among thick herbs and snag. In open and clean places, other baits sometimes work better, for example, large vibro-tails. The use of several petals is more justified in shallow fishing, when rotating petals create lift for bait. In deeper places, it is enough to equip the spinnerbait with one petal. If, instead of rotating delta petals, put on the bait analogs, which are rather propellers, then it will already be a buzzbait, a bait related to pure topwaters. However, spinner bates are more attractive to pike.


The grass has not yet fallen to the bottom, and in its thicket, on sunny days, a well-fed pike often frolics, apparently performing an exercise after dinner. But she is not averse and still grab something tasty. Like, winter is ahead, it’s necessary to let the tummy go and fat to work up. In thick grass, it can be taken only with baits of the “glider” type, which have a flat bottom, like real screw planes. The gliders are loaded from below and therefore fall on the water after casting always with the hook up. They also jump right on the water lilies, falling through a window in the midst of a burdock. Here their predatory greedy mouth lies in wait. The pike must have listened for a long time to the stomp above, applying cold compresses to her sore head. And her first thought, perhaps, was not: oh, I swallow. Rather, I will punish ... But the insidious scum with an English fishing rod is just what it is.

The so-called "torpedoes" differ in sound background and their game.

No, not the ones that rush under the water, aiming under the waterline of any ship-steamer to blow it up. Externally, the “torpedo” baits really look like underwater shells both in shape and in the presence of a propeller-propeller behind. But for lures, the propeller only creates a sound background and a stable course during posting.

Stickbaits or Walkers

Stickbaits or walkers belong to the same type of lures, but differ in a special game and in that they do not have a propeller in their design. As for the game, this style is also called the “dog walk”, when the bait prowls like a naughty dog ​​on a leash. Some stick bates have a backward center of gravity, which is achieved by loading the rear tee. From this, the bait goes on the surface of the water as if standing up. Despite the fact that stickbaits are not very popular in our country, in some cases they catch a predator well. This reckless game is often very consistent with the mentality of Russian pikes and perches ... Similar baits, sometimes very successful, include hectic crenkas. These are short wobblers, usually having a small depth and a noisy game.

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