The Thrill of the Popper Lure

Fishing is often referred to as the great American pastime. Nothing is more relaxing than being on the water with a fishing pole in one hand and a cold beverage in the other. There are several different types of fishing, all of which are very popular. Depending on where you live, using popper lures may be a large part of your fishing tackle box. Popper lures are often used for sport fishing, such as for largemouth bass.


Popper lures are also used for saltwater fishing. Tuna are caught on popper lures as well as stripers. This type of lure creates a lot of movement on top of the water. The sound of the lure splashing and popping up and down across the top of the water is what attracts the fish to it. Sport fish enjoy chasing their food and typically prey upon small bait fish. The popper lure is designed to mimic the movement of a small fish flailing at the surface of the water.

Largemouth bass love to come from underneath and strike their prey from below. This results in the amazing footage often displayed of the largemouth bass sailing out of the water after a bait of some sort. Sport fishing is quite popular just for the thrill of watching a big fish break the surface of the water and spin in the air. For one short moment the fish becomes a bird of prey as it chases its prey.


Fishermen and women live for this thrill. The adrenaline rush is what it is all about and the popper lure is typically responsible for eliciting this response from game fish. Some of the best popper lures, such as the pencil popper lure or the hula popper lure, can get those big salt water sword fish to hit the surface, strike and sail as high as 20 feet in the air. There is no bigger thrill for the saltwater fisherman than to see a 200 pound fish come out of the water like a jet, splashing water all over.

If you plan on using the best popper lures, plan on taking your best rod and reel too. There’s just no point in using the best popper lures unless you have the equipment to back them up. These lures will bring in the big ones. The only real question is whether or not you can land the fish because the popper lures will definitely attract them.


The pencil popper lure pulls through the water with a jerking and twitching motion that looks like a wounded fish. As it twitches across the top of the water, you want to work it with short pauses so that it looks genuinely like a struggling bait fish. The technique is easy to learn and play with. Each fisherman has his own personal crank and bounce method. Experiment to see which style works best for you. You’ll definitely find the style that not only works and feels natural to you but that the fish will go the most insane for. Once you find your groove, the fish will react as well.


The hula popper is made differently and has a tendency to jerk back and forth, occasionally jetting up and out of the water. For the super-fast sport fish, like tuna, this bait lure is extremely enticing. If you have never used the popper lure before, try tying it to a steel leader so that you don’t lose it to a sport fish with teeth. Tuna are very aggressive and break lines easily, for example.

Remember that all fish prefer different baits depending upon the season, temps and what depth they are swimming and schooling at. All factors must be considered when choosing lures. When conditions are right and top water bait makes sense, you truly cannot go wrong with surface lures. You may especially wish to try either the Arbogast Hula Popper or the Cotton Cordell Pencil Popper. The Hula Popper is a floating lure, so you can drag it across the water and pause, giving that big ole bass time to respond with a massive strike. The Pencil Popper is suitable for redfish, bass, stripers and musky. You may even catch a walleye with this one. It creates a very big wave on the surface of the water but allows for some ’walking the dog’ action that professional fisherman look for.

pencil popper

Arbogast Hula Popper