Until you have cast a top-water plug into Striped Bass in a surface feeding.... tail spacking frenzy..... you, my friend, have not fished.
Striper proven Top-water Lures are Cotton Cordell's Red Fin, Creek Chub, Heddon's Zara Spook, Yo-Zuri Mag Popper and the Rapala Original Minnow.
Casting a top-water lure into the middle of a school of feeding stripersin a water boiling feeding frenzy, will make your knees weak and heart race. It can make grown men sit down in the middle of the boat and hide their rods to rest.
You will have to repeat over and over in your head "keep it moving - don't set the hook 'till you feel the fish" as water flies and boils in a ten foot area around your lure as Stripers tail spack the lure launching the bait into the air while surrounding your bait like Sitting Bull at Little Big Horn.
Stripers often want to cripple or kill the bait prior to coming back to inundate it.
Many anglers have fallen for the tail swipe and set the hook prematurely on a memory of a lifetime that was seconds away from swallowing a top-water lure.
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