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Wakebait Fishing: Clear Water, Shallow Cover, Can’t Lose.

Wakebait Fishing: Clear Water, Shallow Cover, Can’t Lose.

One of the more underappreciated techniques in all of bass fishing is throwing a wakebait. For any of us who ever fish on lakes cohabited by pleasure boaters, usually a wake is a terrible thing for bass fishing. But, not anymore.The first, and most obvious reason these baits are different than a typical crankbait is the motion they create behind them. This v-shaped wake behind these “subsurface topwaters” creates a funnel shape, almost directly leading predators down a path to your bait. We call these baits “subsurface topwaters” because even though you are fishing them on the top and will generate blowups, they do tend to swim JUST below the surface by a few inches.The flat, downward facing bill of a wakebait creates the wake, and the realism of the action can get even finicky bass to come take a look. The reason these baits are most effective is their dying baitfish profile. In clear water or around shallow cover, dying baitfish tend to head straight for the surface as their only point of safety. Wakebaits burning through this column serves as a perfect replica of that dying action, and any hungry bass will see it as an easy snack.

Wakebaits are relatively diverse, but sticking to throwing them in clear water around shallow cover will lead to the most success. When bass are aggressively feeding upward from the grass, you can take a buoyant wakebait and cover tons of water by casting it deep and burning it all around the area. If the grass is a bit longer and you get hung up, rip it like a lipless crank and get a bit of added action.Looking for an awesome wakebait? Check this one out:

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Updated February 8th, 2019 at 11:06 AM CT