River2Sea Whopper Plopper
As topwater fishing has gained popularity, the River2Sea Whopper Plopper has become a household name. While the bait was originally designed to catch muskie and pike, many people quickly realized its potential as a bass fishing lure. This came to be when muskie fishermen voiced their frustration with how many bass they were catching by accident.
River2Sea has now made an entire line of these baits with great Whopper Plopper colors. They've caught more trophy-sized fish this year than ever before, which has shown the world how great these lures really are.
When it comes down to it, the ideal Whopper Plopper size depends on your situation and location. Specifically, the two most important factors are the wind levels and the baitfish size.
We discuss the best applications for each size below, but in general, the harder the wind is blowing, the bigger the Whopper Plopper you should be using. It would be best if you also tried to closely match your lure size to the baitfish the bass are feeding on.
River2Sea Whopper Plopper 130
The River2Sea Whopper Plopper 130 size is great for bass fishing. The ideal size varies based on weather conditions, but most of the time, this is the size that will catch the most fish.
When anglers think about the topwater Whopper Plopper bait, they think about the sound the lure makes. The tail's distinct thumping action is what sets this bait apart from the dozens of other topwater lures on the market.
The 130 Whopper Plopper has the classic sound that we all know and love. While other sizes may be better for different situations, this is the true bass fishing Whopper Plopper. The "plop" sound is great at getting the attention of Largemouth bass and Smallmouth bass and puts fish in the boat.
River2Sea Whopper Plopper 190
The largest size you should consider when bass fishing is the Whopper Plopper 190. It can be a great choice for bigger bass since large fish are more likely to strike larger presentations.
If you frequently switch between bass fishing and muskie or pike fishing, the 190 is the most versatile size. Another situation where the Whopper Plopper 190 outperforms is when it gets super windy. As a general rule, the more wind, the larger your topwater needs to get the bass's attention.
Use this bait when you're fishing big lakes such as Lake Fork or Sam Rayburn. Florida strain bass have been known to prefer larger topwaters. When casting, target grass edges as bigger Largemouth Bass are likely waiting to ambush floating prey.
River2Sea Whopper Plopper 110
Some anglers have found success with the Whopper Plopper 110; however, it's certainly not as popular as other models. It can be great when the bass are chasing juvenile shad, but it's not great for much else.
The 110 more of a fluttering action and less of the loud thumping action we're all accustomed to. The tail spins faster than the 130 and 190 creating more frequent vibrations, but the sounds are far quieter. We recommend fishing the 110 as a last resort.
River2Sea Whopper Plopper 90
The River2Sea Whopper Plopper 90 is a secret weapon that experienced anglers use. It's not a versatile bait for all situations, but it can be extremely effective in some cases.
When there are small baitfish running around the bank, and when there's no wind at all, the 90 can be a blast to use. It can become one of those lures that catch fish every cast in the right circumstances.
The other groups of fishermen who use the Whopper Plopper 90 are kayakers, floaters, and stream waders. This is hands down one of the best topwater stream fishing lures on the market. It's known to catch a monster River Smallmouth Bass, likely due to its subtle flutter action.
River2Sea Whopper Plopper 75
A unique model on this list is the River2Sea Whopper Plopper 75. At first, it seems like it's too small to be a great topwater lure for bass. However, this small profile has been balanced with a larger tail, giving it the extra action it needs.
This size is known as a great Whopper Plopper for pond fishing. It can even catch fish in big lakes if it's fished along the grass line close to shore.
We're thoroughly impressed by the thumping sound this small bait can produce. It sounds similar to the Whopper Plopper 130 while being shorter and wider. If you find yourself in conditions with a light wind and the bass are chasing small baitfish, this bait is amazing.