Zell’s Choice: Rebel Pop-r
▶ Problem: The most common error anglers make when running poppers is not varying their cadence enough. If fish are short-striking, or just coming up and looking at the popper, it might be the profile or color that is distracting them, but it’s more likely you’re not using the right combination of pulls and pauses. ▶ Solution: “I usually start with two pops and then let it sit, then three pops,” he says. ”Sometimes, if I see bait moving on the surface, I’ll hold my rod in the air and reel it steadily and jerk it without stopping.” Often bass can be patterned by the precise movements that trigger a strike, but remember that the clearer the water, the faster you’ll often have to move a popper to keep them from getting a good look at it.