A Prop Bait Not for Spying but Topwater! The X-Plose Topwater by Megabass
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Topwater fishing is considered by many, the most exciting way to catch a fish of any species. It is certainly one of my favorite ways to catch a fish. The myriad of different baits to help you accomplish this seemingly straight forward goal can be overwhelming. Do you choose a popper, walker, buzzer, crawler, waker, deadstick bait or combination thereof? Megabass has a product to add even more confusion to the mix. It's a bait that resembles the recent sub surface double prop trend with the ability to behave like the much larger wood chopper. Here's our look at Megabass's X-Plose topwater bait.
Megabass X-Plose Topwater
||Topwater Prop Bait
103 mm / ~4 inches
||Float Balancing System, Specialized topwater props, Katsuage thinwire hooks
||~35 different color variations
||2x #4 Katsuage Inbarb
Megabass's X-Plose Topwater bait is not to be confused with its slower, more mundane, sub surface counterpart, the X-Plose SS. While the SS is readily available in the US, the X-Plose Topwater is a JDM bait available in limited quantities here in the States and only through select retailers.
No this isn't a subsurface spybait.
It's officially spec'd at 103 millimeters which translates to roughly four inches and features a tapered body bookended, of course, by a propeller on each side of the bait. There are no moving balancers internal to the bait, and two very sharp, but very thin wire hooks dangle from the bottom of the bait.
It's Megabass's X-Plose Topwater.
Real World Test: Are you familiar with Smithwick's Devil's Horse prop bait? The X-Plose Topwater is essentially that bait but much more refined. I like to think of it as a mini woodchopper bringing me back to the Rio Negro in Brazil fishing for Peacock bass. For best results with this bait, I recommend either a specialized floating line or nylon monofilament. I fished it on both braid and fluorocarbon and while it can be done, those choices in line are not good long term solutions.
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