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musky top water lure diagram

In this day and age there are an overwhelming number of lures and baits that are used to fish for muskie, using a muskie top water or surface lure remains the best option to give the muskie angler a thrill when hunting down that trophy. Not only is a muskie hard to catch, thereby earning the moniker “the fish of 10,000 casts,” but nothing beats the kick out of reeling a muskie in after seeing it explode out of the water after targeting your surface lure.

Fooling the Predator

A surface or top water lure, as its name suggests, is a type of lure used across or on the surface of the water. With a solid body of wood or plastic material and having one to three treble hooks attached to it, a surface lure, which generally looks like a small torpedo, is designed to produce several sounds when dragged. Many of these topwater lures actually use propellors which catch water as they are pulled creating an even larger noise and surface disturbance. All this commotion is designed to look and sound like prey on the surface, tricking the muskie into attacking the lure. These lures could be mimicking any type of natural muskie prey such as an injured top-floating baitfish, a duckling, a frog, a mouse, even a snake. Many anglers feel that muskie attack these topwater lures as much out of annoyance as they do out of predation.

Low light muskie fishing

A muskie surface lure is best used during low–light conditions, for example during sunrise, to about an hour and a half after sunrise, or when the sun is about to set and about to go dark - or anytime after dark. It is also considered as a best practice to use a surface lure in waters with some vegetation where the effectiveness of the lure is improved. Low–light conditions, combined with vegetation in the water enhance the appearance of the lure. This improves the resemblance of a fish or a small animal having a hard time keeping afloat on the water surface, thereby giving the topwater lure heightened believability and enticing those muskie to attack.

Patience is a Virtue

Should an angler decide to use a surface lure for bait, he should have the patience to drag and pull the lure across the water, throw it every once in a while, and keep it rigged so as to keep the muskie circling the waters interested. An angler should also make the lure twitch by gently flicking his wrist to make it vibrate. The vibration of the lure will make the muskie think of the lure as prey swimming on or near the surface. This, and other movements devised to entice a muskie, low–light conditions, camouflaging vegetation, a lot of patience, and Lady Luck smiling, will give you the best opportunity to see that water explode and a giant pair of muskie chompers following.