A Double topwater rig is a great choice when bass are thrashing through schools of baitfish generate the most exciting and frustrating moments for all anglers. Your anticipation of catching bass on every cast soars as you witness this frantic feeding frenzy. But then the frustration mounts as each cast fails to trigger even a tap. When the schooling bass drop below the surface, you dejectedly wonder what you did wrong.
One mistake you probably made was not offering the gorging bass enough to eat. With all the commotion stirred up by the marauding bass, you need to throw something that would catch their attention.
Double Topwater Rig: Bass Candy
Doubling up on your topwater lures will help you catch more schooling bass and in some instances hook two fish on the same cast.
The most common trick to use for doubling up topwater rigs is tying a lure behind your surface plug. Try a double rig consisting of a topwater chugger trailed by a 1/16-ounce marabou jig or a bucktail feather wrapped on an oversized treble hook. Tie a 2- to 3-inch trailing line of 20-pound test on the jig or bucktail hook and attach it to the back hook of the chugger with an overhand slip knot. Work the combination with a quick and steady popping action.
Double Up Your Rig For More Action
When Lake Fork guides were catching lots of bass on Storm Lures Rattlin’ Chug Bugs, they wanted a large profile lure to trick bigger bass with the same zigzagging popping action of the original lure. So they joined two Chug Bugs to create a double rig by taking the rear hook off the front lure and tying it to the nose of the second bait with 30- to 40-pound test line. Storm eventually manufactured a Double Chug Bug by replacing the heavy line with a split ring to connect the two lures.
A double rig that imitates a predator chasing baitfish is a Front Runner (originally designed by Norman Lures) tied in front of a variety of topwater lures including poppers, prop or walking baits. Tie the Front Runner 8 to 12 inches in front of your favorite topwater lure and throw the rig on 12- to 14-pound test line. The rig is easy to cast and tangles up less than other topwater combos because the back line tie of the Front Runner sits on top of the lure and prevents the trailing line from tangling in the Front Runner’s hook during a cast or retrieve.
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