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Hey everyone,

Had a quick question on a recommendation for a top water set up for cigar type baits and poppers. I currently have a frog setup and am looking for your thoughts on one for spooks/poppers. Action, length, baitcast/spinning, line type? Thank you.

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IMO my frog set up is much too stout to comfortably work a spook. I like a mh for both but i like a slightly softer tip for topwater . Also my frog rod has braid so. .... that's a no go.

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Casting

St. Croix Avid/Legend Tournament Bass 68MXF

50 size shimano

30# braid or 12-15# mono depending on open water vs around cover

 

Enjoy.

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If I had a rod just for spooks, it would be a glass rod. I'd want a less stout fast action rod for poppers. I use a 7'MH with mono for both and it works fine.

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I have several, A couple old allstars, a bcm 6 and a Zell Rowland TWS. Another good one is the new crucial 6ft 8  medium xfast.. I throw mine on a 50 size chronarch and 16lb. super natural.

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I have a M/Fast 6'6" Lightning Rod, BPS Rick Clunn BC 7.1:1 reel (discontinued) spooled with 15# Berkley Big Game. This is one case where you'd like heavy mono. It's buoyant and will enhance the action of walking baits and poppers. It also allows some stretch when bass strike, maybe keeping you from pulling the bait away some. I haven't caught a bass on a Spook in quite a while but I've mopped them up on Torpedo and caught a nice one on Pop R.

 

That speed reel is really up to the user. But I find that if they hit topwater, I can usually drag them across the surface and lose fewer and keep them out of the weeds. It's a crap shoot with the trebles. This is a $40 rod, so it ain't the most sensitive. Being a cheapskate as I am, I can get this job done for less $$$. This is a good use for it because it casts well, won't cause me to sn atch the bait away and seems to have just the right action and leverage. And it's versatile enough to be my primary crankbait rod.

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Flat Side Special with a 6.3 Zillion and 15 lb CXX or 40 lb braid. I'm tall so I don't mind walking a bait on a 7' rod.

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7' Falcon "Carolina Lizard Dragger"

BPS Pro Qualifier

30# straight braid.

This is my frog, any and all types of top water and soft swim bait set up.

Mike

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My current one is a cabelas prodigy 6'2" medium, I like the control and light weight short rods offer

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Avid 66MF paired with a 6:1 Revo STX and 12 lb mono

 

Does great for poppers, walking baits, prop baits, jerkbaits and other similar baits.

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I was always a heavy mono (15-20lb) guy for all my spook and popper fishing................until I tried braid.  That was about 4 years ago, and still using the braid.  I never once felt like braid was hurting anything as far as not getting the hook ups, or having hooks pull out.   I like a 6'6" M/F.    Anything longer and my rod tip is always slapping the water while working the baits.

 

Oddly, I am nearly 100% switched over to braid for all my treble hook presentations, but still can't stand it for single hook bottom bouncing baits.   Whatever's comfortable.

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Heavy mono will float the front of the bait higher because that line floats. That'll give you more walk on a Spook and more POP! on a Pop R. Bill Dance says he even uses ChapStick to make the last couple feet of mono more bouyant. If you want to use another line, you can increase the rear hook by one size to do the same thing. These are tiny differences, but might buy you a few bites over the other guy in the boat with the standard lure.

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I use the SBR813 GLX/Chronarch 100/17lb Mono for bigger baits like Super Spooks, RI Vixens ect. For the smaller stuff like binkys, baby spooks I use a Dobyns 684cb/MetHG/30lb PPSS

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