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My Biggest Whopper Plopper Hit Yet!

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This evening my son and I were fishing a place we call "Hidden Lagoon" because it's 60 yards inside a dense tree line. Other than a two ten foot wide spots the trees are so dense you can't get to the shoreline. It's like casting out of a phone booth through French Doors. The area I was fishing was tight with a tree canopy hanging only 12-15 feet high that stretches 15 feet over the water. You can barely peek at the sky through the tree canopy.

 

I rigged up my Bone Whopper Plopper 130 and on my third cast, just as I start to reel in, something overhead catches my eye. Within seconds a huge Red Tailed Hawk swoops down to the water and grabs my trusty lure in his talons. He starts to fly away with it and I notice his huge wingspan. Thankfully he only got 5 or 6 feet off the water and either the hooks or the tension on the line made him drop the lure. It was a pretty spectacular sight!

 

I should have taken that as a sign. On what I planned to be my last cast of the evening with my new favorite lure I heard the telltale snap of the line and my beloved lure went sailing across the lagoon and landed about 15 feet from the opposite shore. There's so much dense foliage there on shore and over the water (that's why I casted in that direction) there was no saving it. With any luck I'll find it blown up on shore somewhere in the future.

 

Other than that it was a great day fishing. I caught 7 largemouth ranging from 1 - 3 pounds. What was even better was that I caught them on a range of baits including jig, a spinner, a trick worm, and a Yum Dinger. Oddly enough, I caught nothing on a Whopper Plopper today.

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Dang! Rough! But an amazing sight and story!

 

 

Whopper Plopper is my new favorite lure too because I love topwater more than anything and the WP is a straight up killer. 

 

Just look at this as an opportunity to buy a new one, in 110 size!

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33 minutes ago, tcbass said:

Just look at this as an opportunity to buy a new one, in 110 size!

 

That's a good way to look at it. I hadn't thought about that.

 

When I first tossed the 130 I thought it was too big, but it produced almost every time out. I'm not sold on the 90 because on long casts it doesn't always engage the prop right away and I usually have to go tip up on the rod to get it started. That may not happen with a baitcast when you stop the line before hitting the water. I might have to try that on my spinning reel.

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5 minutes ago, Koz said:

 

That's a good way to look at it. I hadn't thought about that.

 

When I first tossed the 130 I thought it was too big, but it produced almost every time out. I'm not sold on the 90 because on long casts it doesn't always engage the prop right away and I usually have to go tip up on the rod to get it started. That may not happen with a baitcast when you stop the line before hitting the water. I might have to try that on my spinning reel.

 

 

I found that the 130 is really a big lure and feels like you're casting a muskie lure which wears you out. The 110 doesn't feel like that.

 

I thought the 90 was worthless too because it doesn't seem to have as great as action as the 110 and 130, but we were forced to use it because underwater weeds close to the surface were fouling the 110 but the 90 was light enough that on splashdown it wasn't getting fouled. Caught a ton of fish on the 90 on different trips and my brother likes the 90 over the 110, so there's that. We also use only baitcasting rods with the WPs and have no problems. 

 

 

Also, backing the boat out from the dock today on a lake that I've done a ton of times hit some rock I've never seen before and screwed up my stainless steel prop on my 2014 Evinrude Etec......so don't feel bad about losing 1 lure. lol. It could always be worse.

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