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November 19, 2010

Seven Great Topwater Spots

Top fishing spots both near and far for anglers that want to pop 'til they drop

While it's true that you can throw topwater lures almost anywhere and have a good chance of hooking something, not all coastal fisheries are created equal when it comes to serious popping. Fortunately, if you're an enthusiast who lives to throw big lures to big fish, the world is loaded with ops to pop till you drop, some relatively closer than you might think and others not near anything.

 

Southern New England

You needn't head to equatorial reefs for great popper action. Starting in May, try southern New England for bluefin tuna. June, September and October are hot months, and in fact, November can be outstanding between early weather fronts. Popping for bluefin has really caught on in very recent years; last summer's first Annual Run and Gun Bluefin Classic - a tournament strictly for popping and jigging fans - was a success. For information on the second annual event (in June), e-mail tournament organizer Bret Baker at bretbaker@gmail.com. There are also tuna skippers now who cater to the "jiggypop" crowd, like Capt. Dom Petrarca (Coastal Charters Sportfishing, coastal­charterssportfishing.com), the "jigging and popping specialist" who fishes up and down the southern New England coast. Watching bluefin tuna of 200 pounds and at times much more compete to clobber big poppers qualifies as one of fishing's ultimate thrills; trying to land these fish on heavy spinning tackle is one of fishing's ultimate challenges.