Poppers are top water fishing lures that almost always have a concave depression at the front, or head, of the lure. This indented shape is designed to produce splashes of water when the lure is worked across the surface. This type of lure works well with fish that feed on prey that splash or cause commotion on the surface of the water. Typically poppers are made of lightweight soft woods or plastics and sometimes even have a cavity in the body of them making them lightweight. These design techniques are used to keep the lure on the surface of the water. Although the materials used to create these lures are lightweight poppers typically have more than enough weight to them allowing them to cast adequate distances. All around poppers are a favorite among anglers and I think they will continue to be.
Variants of this lure
- Bottle neck popper - Much the same as a normal popper with a slight tapper between the head and the body. These lures work great and are increasing in popularity.
- Pencil popper - This lure has the same basic action and look in the water. The main difference is that the lure is tapered from front to back. The rear of the lure is much thicker while the front remains thin about half the diameter. This popper will create less splash and could even be considered a cross between a stick or spook style lure with a classic style popper. All around a good lure.
The lure breakdown
Lure action - Medium to high
Rod action - Medium
Retrieve speed - Medium to high
Lure range - Surface
Jigging - Very good
Surf casting - Very good