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Got a question about fishing, that you have never been able to figure out?

Well, along comes old Fishin' Tipster, Weekend Semi-Pro and resident backlash picking champion, with the solution.

Trying to figure which topwater to use? Well, it seems that selection of topwater plugs may have some criteria that can spell more success.

Fishin' Tipster, Weekend Semi-Pro and National Backlash Pickin' Champion, has a few tips that may help.

Take a look at the photo of 3 typical types of topwater plugs. From the top, there is the popper, the propeller 'swisher' style, and the slick belly 'skittle' type.

What we have found over many years to trying to teach these lures to swim properly is that the popper seems to work best when there is a light-to-moderate chop on the water. Possibly, this is because it can be seen better on the turbulent surface. No other topwater appears to work as well under these condition.

A very light ripple on the water's surface seems ideal for the propeller-type topwaters. They also work under still conditions, but seem to produce best when there is that ripple.

The 'skitter' style of topwater plug don't raise a lot of ruckus and is fairly quiet. It, then, appears to be at its best when the waters are dead calm. On a mirror surface, this style topwater is very easily seen, but it is quiet and not at all intimidating. Instead of making a lot of noise and throwing water up in the air, the 'skitter' style lure simply darts from side to side quietly, as the angler twitches the lure gently along.

These are not hard and fast permanent rules; there are none of those in fishing. And, they go a bit against the fact that we seem to catch a lot of fish on a plain weightless worm pulled across the surface when the wind is blowing hard. Fish are sometimes hard to fathom. But, if you stick with the general rules for topwater lure applications given above, you won't go wrong.

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