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Old 08-14-2002, 05:08 AM
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Question How are you using poppers ?

Are you twitching the rod or pulling on the line ?

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Old 08-14-2002, 08:11 AM
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I pull on the line while keeping the rod tip pointed at the popper. This way there's really no slack in the system, and if I pull the line half a foot I know that the popper will move half a foot. Also, the rod is in perfect position for a hookset when a fish takes.
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Old 08-15-2002, 08:10 AM
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For retrieve I strip line rather than twitch the rod too. But then I'll wait - up to a minute before the next retrieve.

I find a lot of hits have come whilst the popper is sitting stationary on the surface.

My experience (so far) confirms this irrespective of the species or environment - Striped Bass, Barracuda and Giant Trevally in saltwater and Smallmouth Bass in fresh.

Full blooded attacks as the bug hits the water are tops
When sight fishing, look over your shoulder from time to time, you never know who's behind you
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