Popping & Walking to Call Up Bass
Some surface lures call fish to the top with a popping sound. Others do their enticing with a walking action. A Pop’n Image does both extremely well. In fact, the Pop’n Image was designed specifically to be a popper that would be easy for anglers to walk. To walk one, just pop it repeatedly with the line slightly slack.
The Pop’n Image comes in two sizes. The original is 3 inches long and weighs 5/8 ounce. The Pop’n Image Jr. is 2 3/8 inches long and weighs 5/16 ounce. Both are sufficiently compact to be very easy to cast accurately and for distance.
Casting accuracy is important for working shoreline cover. Generally speaking, a cover casting approach lends itself to fairly slow presentations. Cast as close as possible to cover and let the lure rest a few seconds before giving it a single pop. Rest it another few seconds, pop it a few times for a few walking steps, pause it again. For working specific pieces of cover, you’re typically better off reeling the lure back once its 4 or 5 feet from the cover and casting to another target than you would be working it all the way back to the boat.
Distance casting is valuable for casting across points or over humps to draw up fish and for working schooling fish. In those situation, air out a cast and start the lure moving right way. Work it quickly, with steady walking, just like you are fishing a Zara Spook, and work it all the way back.
Whatever the situation, always experiment with the sharpness of pops, the tightness of the line, and the cadence of pops and pauses. Much more important than what should make the fish respond in any given situation is what does make them respond!