10 STRAT­EGY

– An In­tro­duc­tion to the Stut­terStep Top­wa­ter Lure

SA Bass - - Contents - >> Greg Budd

“Chang­ing the Game – An In­tro­duc­tion to the Stut­terStep Top­wa­ter Lure” Sur­face lure fish­ing has to be on top of the list when it comes to knee trem­bling, nail bit­ing, ex­plo­sive ac­tion, and the ad­vent of catch­ing tiger fish on top­wa­ter lures just adds to the over­all at­trac­tion of the method when used for any species – Greg Budd

Sur­face lure fish­ing has to be on top of the list when it comes to knee trem­bling, nail bit­ing, ex­plo­sive ac­tion, and the ad­vent of catch­ing tiger fish on top­wa­ter lures just adds to the over­all at­trac­tion of the method when used for any species.

Al­though this is a bass mag­a­zine and there­fore about bass, it would be er­ro­neous not to men­tion the ori­gins of the lure you are about to meet, be­cause fairly, while this lure was orig­i­nally de­signed for tiger fish, it found its true place chok­ing mega bass firstly in Zim­babwe and then in the plen­ti­ful waters of deep, dark South­ern USA.

The Stut­terStep by Bill Lewis Out­doors was never in­tended to make the stir that it did in the USA. Its first and pri­mary ob­jec­tive was to catch big tiger fish in the mid­dle Zam­bezi River in land­locked Zim­babwe. When fish­ing in mov­ing wa­ter con­ven­tional sur­face lures, like the good old spook, whilst proven and worth their salt in any tackle box, just didn’t have the dy­nam­ics to get mov­ing quick enough be­fore the cur­rent swept the lure out of the strike zone. Bor­row­ing from the tra­di­tional soft plas­tic pad­dle-tail type lures, the Stut­terStep’s hard tail, at­tached to a rigid body, is sim­ply a mat­ter of dy­nam­ics. When the lure is mov­ing for­ward wa­ter hit­ting the flat sur­face of the an­gled, down­ward fac­ing tail has three op­tions. It can go right, it can go left, or it can go down­wards, and on the prin­ci­ple of Mo­hamed go­ing to the moun­tain in­stead of visa versa, rather than the wa­ter mass mov­ing too much, the lure does all the bo­ogy­ing, thus cre­at­ing an ef­fec­tive and in­stant wob­ble­wake ac­tion. It’s sim­ple physics re­ally. This way, flow­ing wa­ter or not, as soon as crank­ing pres­sure is ap­plied to the lure it dances in a snaky, en­tic­ing way; what I be­lieve to be the best strike trig­ger for tiger fish hunt­ing near the sur­face.

It wasn’t long be­fore the Stut­terStep proved it­self on the tiger fish and moved from flow­ing rivers to still lakes tar­get­ing bass. Tweaked a bit on the draw­ing board it as­sumed a ba­nana type shape in or­der for the nose not to plough or dip when wa­ter slips down­wards off the tail. The lure took on a unique shape in a case of

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