That is the most exciting fishing video I've ever seen!!!!
Thanks for sharing.
There is no better way to catch fish than on topwater, for the sheer thrill of the strike.
I'm no lure expert, so I try not to reinvent the wheel.
I use a similar lure that works as a guide to help me figure out how I want my lures sit to in the water.
Try and find a lure that works like you want yours to work that's close to what you've made in size, and check out how it sits in the water.
If I want a popper to truly Plaster of Paris, and throw a lot of water, I make the face a little less angled, like the Rico, put the line tie in the middle of the cupped face, and move my knot down as low on the line tie as I can get it.
If I want more of a walking-type popper, like the Bubble Plaster of Paris, I increase the angle, but still use the same line tie location and knot location. Sometime I raise the line tie just above center, but not much.
The smallest poppers all hang almost vertical in the water, but getting a bigger popper up and popping, or walking, is hard work if it starts out vertical, so I try and weight them to hang down just slightly tail down.
For my bigger Sammie/Spook type baits, I like them to float almost horizontal, with just the front 1/3 of the bait out of the water, and the center of gravity just behind the center of the bait. That way, the rear has more inertia and keeps moving when the pull stops, and that creates the side to side walking motion.
If you are fishing for those Bluefish that were in Sonny's video, I hope you're ready for you lures to get crushed!
Edited by mark poulson, 01 January 2012 - 11:41 AM.