Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Walk The Dog For Explosive Summer Action


Well, hello to summer.  It officially begins this coming week.  And, with it comes arguably one of the neatest ways to fish.  The top water bite is visual, exciting, and suspenseful.  You can almost sense when a fish could explode on a lure.  When it doesn’t happen, you feel as jilted as a freshman boy at the high school dance.  But, that’s okay.  Just keep casting and the big dance will eventually happen.

This week’s article is focused on a particular type of top water fishing that has become known as “Walking The Dog”.  Check the video below of a top water mouse to view this erratic, back and forth action.


Sorry there was no fish exploding on the bait.  It was the only video of a close-up on the action.  Put simply, it is deadly.  Big fish love to kill lures that are presented in this way.  In order to get a handle on the how to’s, check out the video below of Scott Martin, son of legendary angler Roland Martin, as he demonstrates and expounds on how to best achieve this action.


So which baits do this the best?  For many years, there was the one-and-only, Zara Spook.  It was this lure that coined the now famous phrase, “Walk The Dog”.  However, it has not always been the easiest lure to force that famous action to occur.  Other companies have come along to make it easier for anglers to do it.  Rapala X-Rap, Rebel T-10 Jumpin Minnow, Strike King’s KVD Sexy Dawg just to name a few that come to mind.  All of them take a little practice to get the best action out of them.  Don’t get discouraged.  The reward is worth witnessing a voracious strike on the surface.

I am not going to lie, I am a little on the cheaper end.  You don't have to break the bank to enjoy the outdoors.  Many times you can find the Rebel Jumpin Minnow in a bargain been at Wal-Mart.  It casts long and is relatively simple to achieve the erratic action.

If money is no object, then KVD’s Sexy Dawg is a good option.  Also over the years, the Zara Spook is still a fisherman’s favorite.

From freshwater to saltwater and every point in between, fish love to hit this type of action.  Let us know how it goes with an email or a tweet and post a pic or two also please.

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