– An Introduction to the StutterStep Topwater Lure
“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