|The World Top Water Fishing Champion
I was fishing a small lake in central California back in 1980, I
think it was that year. I had been fishing for a couple of hours
and doing ok, catching some 1-2 pound fish and in a far distance
I could see this man walking up with a bright red jacket.
The closer he got, the more I noticed his jacket and all the
patches on it, one said 1978 World Top Water Bass Fishing
Champion, along with about 20 other patches. We began to talk,
of course, I wanted to know all about him and he began to tell
me about how he became champion.
Now, I do want to say one thing here, I forget what he told me
and I don't even know for sure if there is such a tournament for
the World Top Water Championship but I watched this guy fish. He
was probably in his 50's or early 60's at the time and fished
this lure different than I have seen before so I paid special
attention. Finally, after seeing him catch a half dozen fish
while I caught two I asked him what he was doing and what bait
he was using that he was doing so well. He said he only used one
kind of bait and opened up his tackle box. Can you imagine my
surprise when the only lure he had in there was Rapalas. I mean
bunches of Rapalas, every color and size you could imagine. I
said where's the rest of your lures, he smiled and said this is
all I use.
By the way, at the time I was fishing with a Rapala, that was
ironic to me. I said "that is what I'm using now". He said
"yeah, I see that but you're not fishing it right". Well, I had
fished for bass for about 25 or so years then and wondered what
in the world he was talking about, me not fishing it right. I
had fished Rapalas for as long as I can remember. So, I said
"what are you talking about not fishing it right?". He said
"Well, all you're doing is throwing the lure in and reeling it
back. I said "yeah". He said" have you ever noticed a minnow or
shad or whatever, he said they never go very far, they usually
move a few inches at a time and they dart." He said "that lure
of yours is supposed to imitate the baitfish the bass is after
so make it act like one." Then he showed me and guess what? He
was right! His acted just like a baitfish and even looked like
one swimming the way he did it. As he stood there twitching the
end of his rod and letting it sit every two or three twitches
then twitch it two or three times more and let it sit, I seen
his point. I also seen him catch another bass, which made me a
Now I don't know if this man was the top water champion or not
but I do know one thing.........his technique works. I have used
it on most of my retrieves anytime I fish top water and it
works. Cast the lure, let it sit, twitch the end of your rod two
or three times and let it set again. The only thing I have done
is add one additional move. I throw the lure out and let it sit,
twitch the rod two or three times and let it sit and then I move
the lure so slow it barely cause a ripple and that is when I get
most of my hits.
Try this techniques the next time you fish your favorite top
water lure and see the results.
About the author:
Charles E. White has fished for 50 years for bass from
California to Florida.
In his lifetime, it is estimated that he has caught over 6,000
bass. His biggest bass is a 12 pound 14 ounce that hangs on his
wall in his office. His website about bass fishing is at: bassfishingweekly.com
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