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Best Popper Reel

Omnia collects thousands of detailed fishing reports from anglers across the country to power our local recommendations. Here are the top Reels recommendations for using the Hard Topwater (Popping) technique mentioned in fishing reports from anglers near you.

Shimano Curado MGL 150 Casting Reel

$209.99

Reported by
Phelptwan

Hutchens Lake (MI)

Phelptwan reported catching Largemouth Bass using the Hard Topwater (Popping) technique and Shimano Curado MGL 150 Casting Reel on Hutchens Lake. Additional comments from this report: "Dead calm and an AMAZING amount of fog when we first got out. Water clarity was nuts as well, could easily see 15'+. Immediately got onto a top water bite and we probably caught 20-25 fish on poppers during the morning. We caught another 15 on assorted jerkbait, stickbait, and one decent one (see pic) on a chatterbait. The technique was a slow pop and sit with the top water, after 2 seconds or so they were just getting sucked down beneath the surface, barely a splash. We were targeting the deep patches of submerged vegetation for bigger fish. Casting up near the docks would get us fish as well, but they were much smaller. Lake has a no wake before 11, after 7:30 rule and at 11 it went nuts. We were getting swamped by the rec boaters and it started getting dangerous, so we got off the water."

Reported by
Bmorris07

Lake Sinclair (GA)

Bmorris07 reported catching Largemouth Bass using the Hard Topwater (Popping) technique and Shimano Curado MGL 150 Casting Reel on Lake Sinclair. Additional comments from this report: "I spent most of my time focusing the rocks right below the Oconee dam. There was no water flow from generation, so the water was slick calm. I saw water temps from 68-72, and had to work the bait ultra slow to get bit. The bite was good and lasted until around 11. After that, I targeted shallow pockets off the main river channel in dying hydrilla with a chatterbait. "

Reported by
Ben Hutchins

Lake James (NC)

Ben Hutchins reported catching Largemouth Bass using the Hard Topwater (Popping) technique and Shimano Curado MGL 150 Casting Reel on Lake James. Additional comments from this report: "We caught all of our fish early in the morning throwing a popper. We were casting over bluegill beds that bass were actively feeding on."

Shimano Curado DC Casting Reel

$269.99

Reported by
River Rat Fishing

Bass Lake (91) (IN)

River Rat Fishing reported catching Largemouth Bass using the Hard Topwater (Popping) technique and Shimano Curado DC Casting Reel on Bass Lake (91). Additional comments from this report: "Air temp 70 water temp 70 with high winds. Water clarity 2 ft. Worked popper through grass. Bite good all day"

Reported by
Lee

Toledo Bend Reservoir (LA, TX)

Lee reported catching Largemouth Bass using the Hard Topwater (Popping) technique and Shimano Curado DC Casting Reel on Toledo Bend Reservoir. Additional comments from this report: "Caught them good on a Storm chug bug in chrome/black. They choked it, but you had to work it super slow and let it sit. The water level is up and the fish are scattered. Also caught a few on the Keitech paddle-tail 3" swimbait. I fished it on an underspin."

Reported by
Chris Fiore

John H. Kerr Reservoir (NC, VA)

Chris Fiore reported catching Largemouth Bass using the Hard Topwater (Popping) technique and Shimano Curado DC Casting Reel on John H. Kerr Reservoir. Additional comments from this report: "In the fall bass are feeding heavily on shad and blueback herring. focus on main lake points anywhere from 2ft-25ft of water. If the wind is blowing on it even better."

Shimano Curado K Casting Reel - EOL

$199.99

Reported by
Mark Ripp

Pool 11 Mississippi River (IA)

Mark Ripp reported catching Smallmouth Bass using the Hard Topwater (Popping) technique and Shimano Curado K Casting Reel - EOL on Pool 11 Mississippi River. Additional comments from this report: "Started off the morning on a good popper bite over a shallow rock pile off the main river channel. Got a decent limit there and then bounced around on the main channel and picked up some key fish on a Ned rig. A white swim jig and spinnerbait also accounted for a couple key fish later in the day. "

Reported by
Tyler Mohr

Lake Winona (MN)

Tyler Mohr reported catching Largemouth Bass using the Hard Topwater (Popping) technique and Shimano Curado K Casting Reel - EOL on Lake Winona. Additional comments from this report: "Bluegill were surface feeding over the top of the weed flats. Throwing a popper created some pretty explosive strikes even if the size was mostly small. "

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