5 Best Topwater Lures for Florida Peacock Bass

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

When they hit 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 recommend from years of experience. I recommend all these lures for the angler’s tackle box.

5 Best Topwater Lures for Florida Peacock Bass

The Heddon “Tiny Torpedo” is prop-bait topwater bait that 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 particular skill or technique to use; simple, reel it in; the props on it will make a commotion on top of the water column.

Heddon Tiny Torpedo

Pros:

  • Little bait 
  • It is easy to use
  • Great all-around lure
  • Many color options

Cons:

  • best action with slow retrieve 

Heddon Super Spook Jr. Lure

The Heddon “Super Spook Jr.” always sits in my topwater baits tackle box. I recommend the version above, 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.

Pros:

  • Walk the dog action
  • Over 25 color options
  • Classic fish catcher
  • Effective on multiple species

Cons:

  • Hooks not the strongest

Yo-Zuri 3DB Popper

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 good Florida peacock bass locations as a search bait. I can cast it along a drop-off under a bridge, and it isn’t quiet and will attract peacock bass from a distance.

Pros:

  • Highly detailed
  • Popping action
  • Sharp hooks
  • Proven fish catcher

Cons:

  • Available colors

Rapala Original Floater #07

The Rapala “Original floater” has also been around for a long time; I feel many anglers have almost forgotten what an excellent topwater bait 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.

Pros:

  • Balsa Wood 
  • Well balanced
  • Good in shallow water
  • Tight wobble action

Cons:

  • Smaller hooks

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

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.

Pros:

  • Durable
  • Reduced sound over original
  • Great all-around lure
  • Flashy colors

Cons:

  • 1/3 ounce
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 perfect for fishing lures that will be floating near the surface because of its buoyancy. Braided lines are also suitable 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 reasonable distance and cover the maximum amount of water per my fishing time. I like the milder end because these strikes 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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