Yesterday if you would have told me I would have won today using topwater I would have said you were crazy. I prefished yesterday and caught some fish on a drop-shot fishing very slow around lily pads. We are following a massive cold front that won't go away and it was very windy all weekend. Not your ideal fishing conditions for January in Florida. After yesterday I was prepared to fish slow all day with my spinning rod and hope to catch a few fish. But today I followed the clues the fish were giving me and made a change.
It started this morning when we were moving quickly across the cove and we saw fish busting everywhere. I wasn't sure if they were bass or not, but cast anyways and caught one on my drop-shot as soon as it hit the water. After that I picked up my Lucky Craft Gunfish, a bait I have never caught a fish on, and started catching a few fish. They stopped busting the shad, but I still caught them all day in the choppy water. I also caught a few on a jerkbait, but the topwater was the key. It went against everything people say about topwater fishing: it has to be warm, it has to be calm and it's best in the morning.
I ended the day with 11.27 pounds and had the big bass at 2.97 pounds. It turned out to be a very tough day for the rest of the club as 2nd place was 9 pounds and after that it dropped all the way down to 2 pounds. Everyone was shocked to find out I caught my fish on topwater on a day like today. I went against common thinking and followed what the fish gave me and it worked.