Surface Poppers

Surface poppers are a style of topwater fishing bait that get their action from a cupped face carved or molded into the front of the lure body.

A surface popper is a fishing lure that comes in a variety of sizes and colors. Surface poppers are used in surface popping technique. Poppers have a cupped face at the front of the lure which is designed to push out a surge of water on its retrieval. In contrast to trolling, surface poppers will allow you to interact more with your catch.

Surface Popping Technique: Steps

There’s nothing quite like the sudden, exciting rush of a fish rising to the surface and exploding onto your lure.

  1. Cast your popper out to the target area and let it settle briefly.
  2. Take in small amounts of line slowly, the cupped face “pops” along the surface will imitate the action of prey, such as small insects, small frogs or even a small injured fish.
  3. To increase your chances of landing your catch, resist the urge to set the hook immediately when the fish strikes – let it take the popper under the water first – then set your hook firmly.