topwater lure is designed to mimic a mullet - which is a favorite
food of specks and reds. These lures typically have more weight
in the back end, which aids in the walking motion when being retrieved
and helps them to sit head-up in the water when resting - much like
a mullet would. Some of these lures even have pellets on the inside
of them which makes a clicking noise when it moves, and this noise
attracts fish. "Walking the Dog" means
to retrieve a topwater lure with a steady jerking motion which makes
the head of the lure wag from side to side, making a tight zigzag
through the water.
do not want to use a line that sinks for topwater lures. This is
because the action of your lure is killed when your line gets below
the surface of the water and it may even cause the lure to dive.
How to "Walk
Cast the topwater lure to a likely spot and let it
rest for a moment or two.
Make the lure look like an injured prey by lowering
your rod tip, and give a quick snap of your wrists to move the
lure forward just a few quick inches.
Focus on the slack in your line, not the lure. As
your line gets slack after the motion, snap the rod tip again
so that the slack of your line bounces up quickly, and then
quickly stop again.
Keep doing this in a rhythmic fashion so that you
are snapping the slack in your line.
The slack is necessary after pulling the lure forward
to allow the lure to change directions.
The next snap moves it forward and causes it to dart
the opposite direction.
If you fail to bounce the slack, the lure would just
move straight forward without the tantalizing side-to-side action.
After moving the lure forward you will need to control
the slack by occasionally turning the reel handle a couple of
revolutions between snaps.
it on the water, and you will find that it is easier than it sounds.