Post-Spawn Bass Fishing: Topwater
Keith’s topwater gear: the Zodias 610M and Chronarch MGL 7.1.1
On hot sunny days, the fry will push up to the top and the fish guarding the fry with sit underneath the fry to fend off any invaders. Topwater baits can stay in the strike zone for a long time and attract the attention of those bass guarding the fry.
Keith uses long casts back in the pockets that are protected where those fish are more likely to be. He likes the Zodias because it’s got a lot of tip action to work the bait very slowly and deliberately.
You can pattern what the fry are doing, like a bass. Sometimes the fry will be set up on little outcroppings on a reed line or be in the back of the pockets. The most important thing is to look for those visual cues along the banks, how the bass have their fry positioned. Make a long cast into the area where you think the fry are, keep the bait moving with slow, back and forth twitches to stay in the strike zone for a long time.