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What are the advantages ofeach of them? Which ones do you prefer and why? Do different situations permit different styles?
 

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I love walk the dog. Specifically the Zara Puppy. I like it because you can fish it relatively fast and get a consistent retrieve pattern going. It's much harder to get a nice pattern going with a popper. Poppers I like more for slower presentations like for bass. Even a propbait.
 

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Depends on the fish. I'll throw top dog, walking bait and twitching bait. I let the fish decide. Speed clips come in reel handy.

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I'll second the Zara spook/spook jr.

I like the walk the dog baits because I have caught more fish on them than on popper type. The spooks are a little quieter than the chug baits if you slow them down a little, and almost as noisy if you really work them hard/fast. I also think the action is just something that makes fish want to eat it, just zig-zagging back and forth, begging to be train wrecked.

The chugbug style baits I have found to be better when

A: the fish are super active and missing a spook alot. I had this happen once while fishing for Hybrids up in GA, I got 5 on a chug bug before my buddy even hooked up on a spook, they were hitting AT it, but not getting hooked, he changed baits and started catching fish.

B: if there is lots of little pieces of grass floating on the water and snagging on the hooks. That makes it real tough to get the action right on a spook. The chugbug will still have the same action even with a little grass on the hook.

C: You start to get tired from walking the dog after several hours and the pausesin the retrieve of the chugger are a welcome break.

there is nothing better than walking a spook across glass slick water and having a big trout or redfish or bass unload on it. Gives me chills!
 

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Ifish top water a lot and like a walk the dog action better when the surface is slick or almost slick. when it is rough walk the dog action usually dosnt alow the bait to work as wellbecause it torpedoes into the chop.i have used chugger style baits sucesfully when it is slick but prefer them when the surface is choppier the chugging noise seems to draw attention to the bait better. usually if it is slick and i throw a chugger style i just work it slower not causing as much commotion. both styles have been equally effective for me but i let the surface conditions determine which one i start with and then i may change.
 

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PERDIDO PIRATE (6/26/2008)Ifish top water a lot and like a walk the dog action better when the surface is slick or almost slick. when it is rough walk the dog action usually dosnt alow the bait to work as wellbecause it torpedoes into the chop.i have used chugger style baits sucesfully when it is slick but prefer them when the surface is choppier the chugging noise seems to draw attention to the bait better. usually if it is slick and i throw a chugger style i just work it slower not causing as much commotion. both styles have been equally effective for me but i let the surface conditions determine which one i start with and then i may change.
I agree with you... I keep a large variety of topwaters on hand. Depending on the water clarity, chop, presence of bait.. So on and so forth. An un0weighted jerk bait rigged weedless ripped a across the top can be an awesome Topwater bait as well. Feed the fish what they wanna eat, and you can't go wrong.

My only problem is I can't catch a dang redfish on Top's to save my life.:banghead Starting to get a little aggrevating.

I'll trade a great day of Topwater trout fishing with someone for a great day of Redfishing:doh
 
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