Thursday, May 15, 2014

Using The Big Boogle Popper to Mimic The Pop-R

The size 4 Boogle Bug is a big popping bug, which in reality mimics a Pop-R bait casting lure. The Pop-R is a go to lure on the bass tournament circuit for a lot of the bass fisherman, who want to land large bass on the surface.

 Tuesday morning on Smith I use the size 4 Boogle Bug as a Pop-R. To mimic the Pop-R one needs to use short jerks and a pause with the big Boogle Bug. On the pause is when the hits occur. I have seldom hooked a bass moving the Boogle Bug.

I have had some problems casting this size popper with a regular 6 weight fly line, so I spooled my 5/6 Redington Drift reel with the Scientific Anglers SeriesBass Bug fly line which turns over the big bugs with ease even in windy conditions.
 
The result of the pause when this nice spot nailed the olive green red eye Boogle Bug setting motionless. My 6 weight 9 ft. got quite a workout matching muscle with this fighting spot. This fish knows no boundaries when it comes to freeing itself from a hook popper.

This spot killed the popper right at daylight, in fact I could barely see the bug, but I could hear the explosion on the surface. Daylight is my favorite time to fish any surface popper; it seems to bring out the ugly in the spots on Smith. After the sun peaked over the horizon it was all over for the top action and time to head home. I hope I get a chance to challenge the big bluegills again next week.

22 comments:

Blake said...

Those are some dogs!!

I need to add some of that fun to my summer.

Awesome job sir!

BrookField Angler said...

Love top water!! The most exciting kind of fishing there is in my opinion

Jay said...

Great catch, Bill!
Bigger bug = bigger bass... many times, but of course not always true.
Now maybe you can understand why I use a 7 wt for bass 80% of the time. I like to be able to cast the big bugs with ease.

Mel Moore said...

Bill, I have never surfaced fish for Bass much. So I enjoy your posts that hit on the subject. I am still learning after all these years. Where did you purchase the Big Boogle Bug Popper?

Howard Levett said...

I've got the Boogle Pop Blues. I first heard about these things a few years ago and I'm dying to try them.

Daniel said...

I bet thew river smallies would smash those.

Bill Trussell said...

Blake
Nothing like landing a Spotted Bass or a Smallmouth on a 9 ft. fly rod, especially when you are using a big popper. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Brook
A sure heart stopper fishing surface poppers. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Jay
I may using a 7 weight by next season. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Mel
Fishing surface poppers can be very addictive, here is a link to purchase the Boogle. Thanks for the comment
http://www.breambugs.com/index.php?_a=category&cat_id=21

This place is loaded with different style poppers

Bill Trussell said...

Howard
Start with the size 6 first, which will get you use to casting this type popper. Looking forward to a post concerning the Boogle. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Daniel
The smallmouth would nail this popper. Thanks for the comment

Phillip McCutchen said...

Nice fish, Bill! Love those Boogle Bugs! Haven't had as much luck on the bigger ones, but I haven't put in much time with them on bigger waters.

Bill Trussell said...

Phillip
If you haven't use the Boogle before it is best to start with a smaller size first such as the size 6. I didn't start with the 4 first, because of casting issues. Thanks for the comment

Justin Carfagnini said...

I'm a big fan of those Booble poppers. Especially the big ones. The top water action is what hooked me into fly fishing.

Bill Trussell said...

Justin
I couldn't agree with you more. Thanks for the comment

Juan said...

Fantastic looking popper flies! Great job on the bass! My favorite popper so far is a green frog looking pattern that I believe was made by umpqua.

Brk Trt said...

Nice bass.
Fish that size would be better handled with a 7-8 wt.

Bill Trussell said...

Juan
The frog popper is another fantastic surface popper. I have one that I ordered from far away in England and will be trying soon on Smith. Thanks for the comment

Atlas said...

Great looking flies and nice fish sir! Thanks for sharing, can't wait for me to get into some top water action this spring.

Bill Trussell said...

Alan
My fly rod quota has been reached for this season. I go after a 7 wt. next year. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Al
I hope you get into some fantastic top water action this season. Thank for the comment