Today we have a great article written by one of our pros, Jason Kincy. Read below to find out how Jason uses Fish Allure in his topwater strike technique!
Fish Allure for Topwater Strikes
By: Jason Kincy
Fishing with an artificial lure for bass is really about trying get them to eat something that looks tasty, make them react instinctively, or simply irritate them into attacking. Topwater fishing is my favorite technique because it can do all three to bass and is loads of fun.
There are three key types of topwater baits where I really want to take advantage of the scent distributed through a Fish Allure tab: walking baits, poppers and buzzbaits. I lean on Fish Allure on these types of baits in particular to really contribute to the reaction you are trying to get from the fish.
For a walking style topwater bait I prefer to use a Heddon Zara Spook, Super Spook Jr. or One-Knocker Spook, depending on the conditions. In my opinion this is the perfect hard bait for using a scented tab due to the fact it thrashes about in the water but does not travel distances quickly allowing for the scent to really entice a strike from the bass. Because these lures generally have a top, bottom and float, I like to position the Fish Allure tab on the bottom, right in front of the first hook on a two-treble spook and right between hook one and two on a three treble spook. This keeps the tab in contact with the water at the point of movement. On old school style Zara Spooks, remember to add an extra split ring between the treble and the lure to keep more fish hooked.
A popper is another perfect choice for a scent tab. A popper style lure such as a Booyah Boss Pop also spends a lot of time in the strike zone when being fished, allowing that Fish Allure scent to really reach that curious bass just underneath. If the popper is big enough I’ll put the tab on the belly, just between the concave mouth and the first treble. If a very small popper, it will go between the two hooks. For a lure that is designed to really tantalize a bass into biting, it’s the perfect situation for a scented tab. Buzzbaits are some of the most exciting and best big bass hookups you can get, and I love to throw them, especially in spring and fall months. In my experience, Fish Allure scented tabs tend to stick better to painted blades, such as those on a Booyah Buzz, than they do on unpainted, but generally will work in most situations.
I try to determine the direction of the blade spin and will put a scented tab on one side of the blade that gets pushed downward into the water when it rotates. This really puts that tab into contact with the water, leaving some scent in that signature little bubble trail left behind a buzzbait. The uses for Fish Allure tabs are almost endless, but these are some of my favorite situations – pairing scent with a lure designed to provoke bass is an explosive combination.