Originally Posted by bbgarcia
Great job! That Skitterpop has caught a few for me in the past. I'll have look into using it again.
The two most common sizes are 2.75 and 3.5". (they make a huge SW version, never caught a thing with it) For some reason the smaller size seems to work better for me, especially in clear/calm or slightly choppy water. It is a pretty light bait, so I usually throw it with a light spinning rod. Another downside it is a "freshwater" bait so the hooks will rust and will need replacing. And yet another downside is that I rarely can find them in the stores anymore, particularly the right colors. Besides the blue/silver/orange color, the shad (black/white) has worked well for me in the past. This trip caused me to look at the Rapala website again, they now have a chrome and gold/chrome color that look awesome, I'll have to order a few of those.
If it gets choppy the larger 3.5" version works good/OK, but the smaller one is killer under right conditions, I've caught 10X more fish with it. If the fish are there and you can't get a hookup, a super fast retrieve with the lure skipping across the water will sometimes get them going again. The first year I seriously tried SW fishing (1999 I think) we had primo conditions in the surf, it was awesome, and got me hooked for good. (and also set me up for years of disappointment). But after 3-4 days of gin clear water the fish were getting finicky. I was a topwater bass guy, and threw everything in my box at them: walking baits, propeller baits, poppers (chug-bugs, rebel pop-Rs, etc) with almost no hits. The smaller skitterpop was still getting interest. My only guess is that it has a very realistic profile, and the skipping action seems better than the other poppers. In the clear water a rattle is not necessary. Over the years I have gravitated to using more walking baits, filling up several tackle boxes. They obviously work in less than prime conditions, and I really like using them, but this year the skitterpop was "magic" again.
Sorry about the long-winded reply, just trying to relive the moments. And thanks to all for the nice comments.