5 Best Topwater Lures for Florida Peacock Bass

When fishing for shallow water Florida peacock bass the top water bait is second to none in getting these fantastic explosions and hookups with a peacock fish.  The Florida Peacock bass loves to smash topwater baits, the rush of seeing a big fish blow up on top water is second to none. 

When they hit on the surface it goes from zero to one hundred real quick, hang on and make sure your drag is not locked down. The topwater lures are deadly on the powerful south Florida game fish, they are fishing catching machines and are recommended from years of my personal experience. I recommend all these lures for the angler’s tackle box.

Heddon Tiny Torpedo

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Heddon Tiny Torpedo (Baby Bass, 1 7/8-Inch)
  • TORPEDO BENEFITS: Creates a wild, splashing surface disturbance, making them the perfect lures for schooling fish
  • HOOK DESIGN: 2 super-sharp hook design to really grab hold of the fish
  • TOPWATER FISHING LURE: Excellent topwater lure with rattle noise and movement to attract topwater fish
  • EFFECTIVE SIZE AND COLORS: The shape and weight allow anglers to cast these lures a little farther than many other prop-baits to reach special fish-holding spots quicker and easier; 2 1/2 Inch Length and 3/8 oz Weight
  • FISHING TECHNIQUE: Use quick, short and erratic twitches to make a Torpedo perform at its best, producing explosive, heart-stopping surface strikes

The Heddon “Tiny Torpedo” is prop-bait topwater bait which has been around for a very long time. This lure is one of the easiest but very effective on Florida peacock bass. This lure does not require a special skill or technique to use, simple just reel it in, the props on it will make a commotion on top of the water column.

Heddon Super Spook Jr. Lure

Heddon - Super Spook Jr Wounded Shad 3 1/2 inch
  • Trusted and used by experts
  • Works with all standard gear
  • Quality assured products
  • Easy to use for beginners and Pros
  • For use in all weather and conditions

The Heddon “Super Spook Jr.” always sits in my topwater baits tackle box. I recommend the version above which is the saltwater version because it has better hooks than the freshwater model. This Super Spook Jr has killer action when you use the walk the dog action on it.

Yo-Zuri 3DB Popper

Yo-Zuri 3DB Popper Floating Lure
  • Horizontal resting position on the surface tension for best presentation
  • Two fishing techniques; "Pop and Stop" or "Walk-the-Dog"
  • Mylar Tail hook for Flash and Lifelike Fin
  • Round bend black nickel treble hooks
  • 5/8 oz. Lure

The Yo-Zuri “3DB Popper” is an excellent topwater bait for Florida peacock bass fish because you can fish it with two techniques, stop and pop, or walk the dog. I use this lure when fishing promising Florida peacock bass locations as a search bait. I can cast it along a drop-off, under a bridge and it’s very noisy and will attract peacock bass from a distance.

Rapala Original Floater #07

Rapala Original Floater 07 Fishing Lures
  • The Original Floating Rapala can be fished using a steady retrieve, stop-and-go retrieve or as a twitch bait.
  • Running Depth: Topwater - 11 ft
  • Weighs .125 pounds
  • No matter how you fish this classic bait, it is guaranteed to bring 'em running.
  • This lure repeatedly has proven itself in a variety of conditions over the years

The Rapala “Original floater” has also been around for a very long time, I feel a lot of anglers have almost forgotten what a great topwater bait this is for peacock bass. The lure is constructed out of balsa wood and features black nickel VMC hooks. When you cast this bait all you have to do is rip it back and pause using a stop-and-go action.

Rat-L-Trap Lures 1/2-Ounce Floating Trap

Rat-L-Trap Lures 1/2-Ounce Floating Trap
  • All Bill Lewis Rat-L-Traps are made in the USA
  • Rat-L-Traps Have interior rattles that make plenty or sound as you reel them in.
  • Realistic Paint help make these Lures producers
  • 1/2 oz Weight
  • 35 Years of producing results. Rat-L-Traps are often imitated, but never outdone.

The Rat-L-Trap lure has been around way before I was born, this lipless crankbait is truthfully a fish catcher. Here is where things change, they make a floating version called the “Float-N-Trap” which is deadly on Florida peacock bass. I like using this floating topwater bait when I want a more subtle presentation.

Top Water Fishing Tips

Depending on the size of the topwater bait I like to fish between 10-12 pound test monofilament. This line is very good for fishing lures which will be floating near the surface because of its buoyancy. Braided lines are also good for the type of fishing for Florida peacock bass.

As for the Fishing rod of choice for me personally, it’s a 7’3 Medium Fast with a softer tip so I can sling these baits out a good distance and cover the maximum amount of water per my fishing time. I like the softer tip because these strikes most of the time come in very fast and strong if I have a fishing rod with a stiff tip it will result in less fish hooked, more hooks bent.

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