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The Whopper Plopper in choppy water.

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Is it OK to throw the Whopper Plopper when the water is not perfectly smooth?

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Yes.  The more choppy the larger the size I tend to use.

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Happybeerbuzz,

Thank you for that information. Take care and have a wonderful and safe Friday.

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I mainly use the Whopper plopper when theres Chop on the water, when walking baits or not an option. Also rainy days it seems to work really well.

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I've caught most of my Whopper Plopper bass when there's a slight chop.  When the water is smooth I tend to reel it in 5 feet or so, slight pause, repeat.  In those instances I get most strikes on the pause. 

 

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To echo whats been said that’s the time to use it in my opinion. There are only a few top waters that I like in Calm water. The plopper isnt one of them

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The Dogman, Dens228 and craww,

Thank you for your replies. Great information here. Please take care and have a wonderful and safe Friday.

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Some seem to think the WP is meant for choppy water, if the wind picks up, I'd tie one on.

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I love the WP on days where the water is choppy or it is raining.

 

I also use it on calm days using it more like a popper. I cast it out, let the ripples die down, pull up the slack on my line and pull my rod back half a foot or so. The lure makes a short plop doing that. Wait for the ripples to die down and do it again.

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I threw a 75 plopper for the first time yesterday in 15-20mph winds and caught a lot of fish.

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I throw the Whopper Plopper in all conditions. Catches fish in them all. 

 

I like calm water and for me it seems to catch fish mostly in the first 5 feet if not the landing when it’s calm. 

 

Rarely do I catch on a stop and go so definitely different results for me. 

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I've had good luck with the WP 90 on calm days.  I move up to the bigger sizes when there is some chop on the water.  Sounds like the 75 size works on those days too.

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Dangerfield, NYWayFarer, Bluebasser86, tcbass and DSTN,

Thank you for your comments on when and how to throw the whopper Plopper. So much great information. I love it and appreciate it. Hope all of you have a great weekend.

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40 minutes ago, Jim Sutter said:

Dangerfield, NYWayFarer, Bluebasser86, tcbass and DSTN,

Thank you for your comments on when and how to throw the whopper Plopper. So much great information. I love it and appreciate it. Hope all of you have a great weekend.

 

Just a heads up, I do have Whopper Plopper 90s, 110s, and 130s. 

 

Always threw thew 110, I thought the 90 didn't run as well and the 130 was too big (felt like I was throwing a heavy musky lure all the time). However, I did pick up a WP 75 and really liked it. It ran well and got some bites. So my choices would be the 110 or 75. I think I will be throwing the 75 a lot now since it's one of the lightest but still runs great.

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5 hours ago, tcbass said:

I throw the Whopper Plopper in all conditions. Catches fish in them all. 

 

I like calm water and for me it seems to catch fish mostly in the first 5 feet if not the landing when it’s calm. 

 

Rarely do I catch on a stop and go so definitely different results for me. 

Same here

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I usually don't reach for my whopper plopper UNLESS it's choppy. The 130 size truly excels in rough water IMO as many other topwaters get "swallowed up" by the waves. A couple years back they upgraded the stock hooks to much beefier trebles. If you swap them out for a smaller size and lighter wire hook (I use ST-36s on mine), you can get the bait to sit a touch higher in the water which will help in the choppy water. 

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I only have the 90 size but all the fish I've caught on it have been along the bank on calm, semi-cloudy to sunny days. Never a hit in open water or when there's any chop at all. But likely my waters.

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my best days on the Plopper are when it's a bit windy. If it's dead calm, I seem to do better on a buzzbait, spook, or popper if I'm targeting fish on top. 

6 hours ago, tcbass said:

 

Just a heads up, I do have Whopper Plopper 90s, 110s, and 130s. 

 

Always threw thew 110, I thought the 90 didn't run as well and the 130 was too big (felt like I was throwing a heavy musky lure all the time). However, I did pick up a WP 75 and really liked it. It ran well and got some bites. So my choices would be the 110 or 75. I think I will be throwing the 75 a lot now since it's one of the lightest but still runs great.

I can assure you the 130 isnt too big. The only thing it may be too big for is if you are limited to light equipment. I gave caught my fair share of 12 inch bass on it. 

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tcbass, 5by3, MassYak85, FishDewd and RyneB, Thank you, for responding to my question. A lot of great information and tips for using a Whopper Plopper. I definitely well be trying your suggestions. I hope each and everyone of you have a great weekend and I hope you catch some nice fish.

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On 8/24/2018 at 10:16 PM, RyneB said:

my best days on the Plopper are when it's a bit windy. If it's dead calm, I seem to do better on a buzzbait, spook, or popper if I'm targeting fish on top. 

I can assure you the 130 isnt too big. The only thing it may be too big for is if you are limited to light equipment. I gave caught my fair share of 12 inch bass on it. 

 

 

Yep, I don't want to use a heavier rod, so I stick with the 110's and under.

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