Are you thirsty lure? You would have thought that my new Heddon Chug’n Spook had not been around water the way it was consuming large gulps without pausing. Splashing and spraying water everywhere as it walked back and forth. The commotion was causing a scene. Drawing attention from nearby anglers in another boat, some anglers up on shore and my fishing buddies in the boat. Chug-ging, Chug-ging, Chug-ging back and forth until an explosion under the surface boiled over encompassing the Chug’n Spook.
The Chug’n Spook was engulfed from below as the fat largemouth dragged it under the surface. Unbelievable, rarely does a topwater lure get attacked with such force and determination by a bass. The combination of the cupped lip and slender body moving back and forth was just too much for the bass to resist, however, it wasn’t just largemouth bass that found this lure to their liking as we caught smallmouth bass, spotted bass, white bass, hybrids and stripers that trip.
The Heddon Chug’n Spook (www.lurenet.com) blends three of the most productive topwater actions into one lure. The spitting action is similar to a Rebel Pop-R; the walking-the-dog action of a Heddon Zara Spook; the knocking sound of the Heddon One Knocker Spook. Put it all together and you get the Heddon Chug’n Spook.
Popular locations for fishing the Chug’n Spook depends on the time of year and reservoir you are fishing. On a highland reservoir like Beaver Lake in Northwest Arkansas, anglers can catch fish on topwater lures almost year round. Only in the coldest of the winter months will a topwater lure not catch fish.
On Beaver Lake in the spring popular spots to fish topwater lures like the Chug’n Spook include long extended points, back of pockets or coves or around any active fish. Once summer comes around schooling fish will easily bite any topwater lure. Usually, anglers will just drive around looking for schooling action or nervous shad. If they are not biting on topwater lures during the day then wait until the sun goes down. Topwater lures walked across the surface will draw vicious strikes. One key area to fish topwater lures is around boat docks that have lights on drawing in bugs, shad and other forage for the fish to feed on. Once fall arrives large schools of bait fish will move towards the backend of coves or out on the main flats. Again, anglers just watch for schooling fish in these areas before casting. In the winter on Beaver Lake if the water temperature stays warm enough big stripers or bass will often strike a topwater lure.
The Heddon Chug’n Spook comes in 14 different popular color patterns. It weighs 1-ounce and measures 4 7/8-inches in length. There are two different models. The saltwater version features #1 2X saltwater hooks while the freshwater version has #2 XCalibur Tx3™ hooks.
No matter how you work the Heddon Chug’n Spook across the surface it’s going to produce a ton of commotion that draws strikes from fish.
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