- Ryan Wieland
Throwing topwater is my favorite way to catch big Northern Wisconsin (Oneida County on this trip) Smallmouth Bass! My go-to is a Hoffmann's Lures Plankton (Silver Shad is my favorite color) fished on a 13 Fishing Omen Black w/ a Concept A reel in 6.6:1 gear ratio
I prefer 14 LB Monofilament when fishing topwater for Smallmouth (vs. braid for largemouth) for slightly more stretch in the line on the hookset. They don't normally inhale the bait like a largemouth does due to their smaller mouth. More stretch in the line helps avoid pulling the bait away and increases my hook-up percentage.
Quick Tip: The only tweak I make to my Hoffmann's Lures Plankton's is putting a Feather Hook on the back in a Red / White combo. Smallmouth seem to love this!