The Topwater Underdog
The River2Sea Whopper Plopper was overlooked by bass anglers for many years. It was originally used by pike and musky enthusiasts and didn’t catch on with bass guys until recently. The signature “plop” sound and side-to-side wobbling action makes the Whopper Plopper a special topwater propbait that stands out among its peers.
Size Options & Specs
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Gear To Throw Your Plopper
Unless you’re throwing the 90 size, the Whopper Plopper can get hefty at close to 1.5oz. for the 130 and almost 3oz. on the 190 size. I personally prefer a heavier glass rod but pro anglers such as James Watson will huck the Plopper on an 8’ flipping stick. It really comes down to what you’re comfortable with when dealing with rod lengths and body construction (glass, graphite or composite), just make sure the rod is heavy enough to handle the weight.
My reel selection for the Plopper is fairly simple. I use a high speed 7.3:1 and 50lb braided line straight to the lure. Make sure your gear ratio is no less than 7:1 to pick up any slack line as fast as possible. My personal reel is a Daiwa Tatula Type-R in the 7.3:1 gear ratio.
Fishing The Plopper
The Whopper Plopper is designed to be extremely simple to fish. Cast it out, let the ripples subside for a few moments and begin a steady retrieve. I prefer to fish it at a slow to moderate rate to get maximum chug and wobble out of the tail. You can also sweep your rod to the side during the retrieve, making it go absolutely wild for a foot or two before returning to the original speed. This drives fish crazy and can make a huge difference in your trip. The best part about the Plopper is that it floats unlike a buzzbait, allowing you to pause it mid-retrieve and work an area much slower if needed.
Swapping Out The Hooks
When it comes to any bait with treble hooks, I almost always swap out the trebles. This gives me maximum confidence when fishing and ensures the best chance possible in landing fish. Check the hook sizes in the chart above and swap accordingly. I’ve had awesome success with brands such as Gamakatsu, Owner and Mustad. I’d stay away from the hooks with curved points for any topwater lure unless you’re fishing through sparse grass – the curved point on hooks like the Owner ST-41 are great when you’re fishing rocks and other hard structure since it keeps the hook points from dulling, but for topwater it’s better to use the standard design for maximum hookup ratio.
With all topwater fishing, you have to think about how a bass sees the bait and not your own perspective. From down below looking up at a Plopper, all the fish sees is the belly color and rough silhouette with the sky as the background. Keeping this in mind, the only colors you need are either very bright, dark or natural depending on sky conditions and water clarity. Use whatever will stand out the best in each situation.
Here are a few of my favorites (I use the 130 size most of the time).
- Blue Blood
- Munky Butt
- Abalone Shad
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