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I keep topwaters simple in regards to color: bone/white bottom, anything shiny or chrome (my favorites), and maybe a dark color. 

I see the clear or translucent topwaters and wonder why. When would anyone throw those and does anyone throw them and have success? I always thought it was for people that paint their own but apparently some anglers like throwing these. Just curious as it seems you are trying to fool fish into thinking it is a bait fish. I've never seen a clear fish.

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In clear water with calm conditions, a clear topwater can be very deadly. I like clear walking baits and also fish clear ploppers. 

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I'll throw clear/translucent topwater baits in clear water when the bass are targeting smaller baitfish. 

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6 hours ago, Festivus said:

I've never seen a clear fish

I've never seen anything in nature that looks like my most successful baits.

 

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Great when fish are agressive and ready to react. They can't see the bait clearly and they simply react to the movement, sound and water disturbance. As Blue said, can be deadly in clear water or when they are busting shad on top.

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In the clear water rivers I fish I find that my translucent bluegill whopper plopper does best on sunny days. Overcast and I am throwing a bone or loon color. Something about the sun going through the clear baits seems to attract a bite on bright days.

 

I am having a lot of success this year with the Yo-Zuri 3DB prism baits. All three (Prop, popper and square lip) clear baits have been doing well on bluebird sky days.

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I did ok with a monkey butt color whopper plopper last week. It's kinda translucent chartreuse belly and the back is a translucent brown.

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MVP of topwaters for me is a Lucky Craft Sammy that has a green back, but a clear belly.

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On the Ozark lakes here in Missouri, a clear Zara Spook is a very popular color

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Fish can't tell if that zig zagging splish splashing bait on the top of the water is white or clear or whatever color you are using.  They are mostly reaction strikes and they see something going across the top of the water and they want to eat it. A dark/black color might help in stained or muddy water to help it stand out some but mostly they are attacking the movement and sound of the bait rather than the color.

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For those of you who like/use clear baits, have you thought of buying unpainted blank lures? They sell blanks for a number of lures. All you need it a couple of treble hooks. The blanks are only a couple of dollars

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gotta have the tiny torpedo clear with me when marsh fishing (old timers say they mimic grass shrimp) ... deadly in ponds and creeks, too ... 

 

Heddon Tiny Torpedo 1/4 oz Fishing Lure - Clear

good fishing ..

 

 

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5 hours ago, looking45 said:

For those of you who like/use clear baits, have you thought of buying unpainted blank lures? They sell blanks for a number of lures. All you need it a couple of treble hooks. The blanks are only a couple of dollars

That's how I get clear ploppers. 

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On ‎7‎/‎23‎/‎2019 at 10:28 AM, rboat said:

Great when fish are agressive and ready to react. They can't see the bait clearly and they simply react to the movement, sound and water disturbance. As Blue said, can be deadly in clear water or when they are busting shad on top.

+1  ^^This^^

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On ‎7‎/‎23‎/‎2019 at 11:32 AM, Pickle_Power said:

MVP of topwaters for me is a Lucky Craft Sammy that has a green back, but a clear belly.

Same for me except a very light beige back with translucent sides and belly. I use mostly when fishing clear lakes and it gets crushed. 

 

On ‎7‎/‎22‎/‎2019 at 10:19 PM, Festivus said:

I keep topwaters simple in regards to color: bone/white bottom, anything shiny or chrome (my favorites), and maybe a dark color. 

 I use bone or chrome spook/sexy dawg mainly in water with less than 4ft visibility 

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On ‎7‎/‎22‎/‎2019 at 11:19 PM, Festivus said:

I keep topwaters simple in regards to color: bone/white bottom, anything shiny or chrome (my favorites), and maybe a dark color. 

I see the clear or translucent topwaters and wonder why. When would anyone throw those and does anyone throw them and have success? I always thought it was for people that paint their own but apparently some anglers like throwing these. Just curious as it seems you are trying to fool fish into thinking it is a bait fish. I've never seen a clear fish.

When the river I fish gets low in the Summer the water will be gin clear and slow moving. In that situation a clear topwater will draw big fish and a lot of times it will be the only topwater that will get bit on a consistent basis. I fish a clear Super Spook and Super Spook Jr. as well a clear discontinued prop bait called a Dying Flutter. I think the clear works so well when the water is clear because they don't get spooked

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I just got a whopper plopper today. Casted with it a bit, but I'm unsure of it's performance. Is it suppose to tilt on it's side occasionally or just dredge along silently until you pop it to get it started? Maybe I got a dud.

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3 hours ago, hawgwash said:

I just got a whopper plopper today. Casted with it a bit, but I'm unsure of it's performance. Is it suppose to tilt on it's side occasionally or just dredge along silently until you pop it to get it started? Maybe I got a dud.

What size did you get? The 90's had some problems. 

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3 hours ago, hawgwash said:

I just got a whopper plopper today. Casted with it a bit, but I'm unsure of it's performance. Is it suppose to tilt on it's side occasionally or just dredge along silently until you pop it to get it started? Maybe I got a dud.

The tail should spin very freely, with no resistance. If it doesn't, then yes, return/exchange it for another one.

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On 7/26/2019 at 5:41 PM, looking45 said:

What size did you get? The 90's had some problems. 

 

Not sure I'll have to check the box. I used it tonight and it seemed to behave better. I was getting a ton of hits, even caught a couple, but they came off after thrashing about. Most excitement I've ever had using a top water lure.

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