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#30845 - 12/10/12 03:19 PM Jitterbug topwater lure for LargeMouth Bass
WillCFish Offline
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Registered: 11/21/12
Posts: 95
This is a classic topwater lure. Have you used it?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHL1rSLwoFA

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#33477 - 06/26/13 05:36 PM Re: Jitterbug topwater lure for LargeMouth Bass [Re: WillCFish]
WillCFish Offline
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Registered: 11/21/12
Posts: 95
Take a jitterbug for a walk this summer. You might come back having caught and released a big bass.

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#33483 - 06/26/13 06:24 PM Re: Jitterbug topwater lure for LargeMouth Bass [Re: WillCFish]
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#33547 - 07/03/13 03:32 PM Re: Jitterbug topwater lure for LargeMouth Bass [Re: WillCFish]
hi rise fishing Offline
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Registered: 04/14/11
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Almost 16 years ago, I caught what was to be my largest bass for years, until I had a few crazy days on Fork and Falcon (last year).
I was fishing a cypress stand right at sunrise, on a hot late August morning. I saw a school of nervous shad under a single tree, and threw my black Jitterbug a few feet past them. I let it sit for 30 seconds, then crawled it into the middle of the shad. About 3 seconds later, a small "ploop" sucked it out of sight. I reeled in my slack, then waited until I felt the fish. When I did, I hit her hard ... she hit me back! I fought the fish for several minutes, keeping her out of the roots and lilly pads. When I finally got her to the side of my boat, I got to see how big she was when she turned to surge away again. Huge! When I finally got her to a point where I could land her (no net, of course!), all I could see was that giant mouth, filled with what looked like dozens of big Jitterbug trebble hooks! I slowly lowered my hand to the mouth, and found a hook-free section of lower lip to grab.
The bass was a very long fish; 25 1/8" long. She weighed in at 8.5#, much too light for a fish that long. She was healthy, but with a big head and not "fat" as it was late summer and the water was 99 degrees.
Unfortunately, she died in the livewell, as I was trying to get her weighed for a replica. Since she had died, I had a skin mount made and it looks really beautiful next to the 10.8# and 9.75# replicas I put on the wall last year.

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#33554 - 07/04/13 10:22 AM Re: Jitterbug topwater lure for LargeMouth Bass [Re: WillCFish]
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Registered: 04/29/11
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Great story. No telling what the weight would have been if caught in a different time of year.
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#33557 - 07/04/13 03:06 PM Re: Jitterbug topwater lure for LargeMouth Bass [Re: Draggin Yak]
hi rise fishing Offline
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Registered: 04/14/11
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Thanks, Yak. It was a really special time.
By the way, I noticed that I didn't mention that I caught the fish on Caddo, near Little Green Break. I sure miss fishing Caddo!

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#40076 - 12/21/14 07:42 PM Re: Jitterbug topwater lure for LargeMouth Bass [Re: WillCFish]
WillCFish Offline
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Registered: 11/21/12
Posts: 95
Thanks hi rise fishing. Sometimes regardless how hard we try they're gonna die. Great story. Great fish.

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#40220 - 01/08/15 11:22 AM Re: Jitterbug topwater lure for LargeMouth Bass [Re: WillCFish]
armadillo joe Offline
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Registered: 04/15/11
Posts: 1269
Loc: East Texas
I still use the Jitterbug since very few people throw them anymore it gives the bass something different to look at.

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#40302 - 01/22/15 05:13 PM Re: Jitterbug topwater lure for LargeMouth Bass [Re: WillCFish]
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Registered: 05/21/11
Posts: 1330
Loc: East Texas
That is one of the lures that has kicked my tail over the years. One of the first lures I bought as a teenager was a Jitterbug in a frog pattern. I still have it as well as about a half a dozen of them in various sizes and colors. I've thrown one till I though my arm was going to fall off and never got a look much less a strike. My fave when it comes to top water is the Pop-R. I have actually won a tournament casting one of these early in the morning. I have wondered though if I had a "bug" tied on in the same situation would I have the same success. I think part of my problem with the "bug" is I always seemed to want to throw it when fish weren't that active on a top water bite in mid day with bluebird skies...........go figure
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#41652 - 06/29/15 05:00 PM Re: Jitterbug topwater lure for LargeMouth Bass [Re: WillCFish]
WillCFish Offline
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Registered: 11/21/12
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Some people have great luck with them. Others not! We kinda get our favorites and stick with them. I think confidence it a bait plays a big part.

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#41677 - 07/01/15 02:25 PM Re: Jitterbug topwater lure for LargeMouth Bass [Re: WillCFish]
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Registered: 06/05/15
Posts: 1307
Loc: Southeast Texas
Never caught a darn thing on a jitterbug. Go back over the same water later with a buzz bait and caught fish.
That being said, I still have one in my tackle box. They just LOOK like they will catch fish!

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