How to Fish a Popper Shad
Fishbelly Popper Shad is designed to work on topwater like a wood popper lure. Instead of a wood composition, it is made of soft plastic. There are two versions of Popper Shad - one is neutral buoyancy and the other is slow-sinking with nano-salt.
It imitates a dying baitfish. The best way to fish the Popper Shad is as follows (just follow the pictures):
Here's a picture of the Fishbelly Popper Shad.
In this picture, you can see the wide gaping mouth of the Popper Shad.
Picture #1: Insert the sharp end of a wide gap hook (either a 5/0 or 6/0) into the center of the gaping mouth of the Popper Shad. Note that the 5/0 hook would be better for the 5" whereas the 6/0 hook would be for the 6".
Picture #2: Thread the hook behind the gill cover of the Popper Shad.
Picture #3: Thread the entire hook through and leave the eye of the hook just protruding at the center of the gaping mouth.
Picture #4: Insert the hook on the side of the Popper Shad as shown.
Picture #5: The hook is placed parallel to the side with the sharp end protruding for easy penetration and hook up.
Picture #6 shows the side profile.
Picture #7 shows a close-up front profile.
To fish the Popper Shad, cast to the target area like in the middle of a baitfish boil or lily pad. After it made a "belly flop" splash on the surface of the water, let it sit a few seconds. The initial splash may alert the bass that dinner is calling. With a slight twitch of your rod, retrieve it a bit and stop for a few seconds. Make sure you reel in the slack line. Repeat this twitch and retrieval until you get a strike. You may want to retrieve the Popper Shad like a buzzbait on the surface of the water creating a panic baitfish run. Both styles will drive bass crazy to strike.
Here's a video on how to rig a Popper Shad:
Here's another video on how to fish the Popper Shad:
Enjoy fishing the Popper Shad!