Catching trophy-sized speckled trout on topwater lures is no less exhilarating than hitting a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth to win game seven of the World Series. There's just something about hearing the staccato rhythm of a clacking plug being interrupted by a cupped slap and frothy explosion. It turns the knees to jelly.
Every regular speckled trout angler has a favorite topwater lure for targeting the fish, but there are others out there that he or she has maybe never gotten a chance to try.
To put some of the most popular to the test, I worked them in a swimming pool alongside an underwater camera to see how they look and learn how they sound to the fish. I scored each lure on workability, underwater sound and price to determine which baits have the most value. I also examined how much each bait rolled to show the color of its back to interested fish. It was an eye-opening experiment.
Lures tested included the Egret Baits Ghost Walker, Bomber Badonk-A-Donk, Matrix Mullet, MirrOlure She Dog, Rapala Skitter Walk, Heddon Chug'n Spook Jr., H2O Express TWS, Rat-L-Trap Stutter Step, MirrOlure Top Dog, Heddon Super Spook and MirrOlure C-Eyes.
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