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Many of the largest specimens of speckled trout, largemouth bass and recently redfish caught on topwaters exhibit no blowup. They just suck the lure...

Many of the largest specimens of speckled trout, largemouth bass and recently redfish caught on topwaters exhibit no blowup. They just suck the lure right under.

I have caught really nice specks using plugs like the Skitter Walk and the only reason I knew a fish hit was due to the lure disappearing and hearing a “slurp” sound.

Recently I caught a 40 inch red on a six-inch Sebile Splasher that simply sucked it under. In fact, I thought the plug snagged one of the mullet that was jumping out of the water where the big bull was striking. The plug went under and I felt weight. Upon hookset, however, it was obvious the perpetrator was a massive red.

Because I am aware of the propensity of really big fish to simply suck under a plug, I set the hook and played the fish accordingly.

As exciting as massive blowups are keep in mind many of the biggest, baddest specks, bass and redfish simply take a lure under with a gulp. If your plug suddenly dissapears, give it a couple of seconds and set the hook.

There is a good chance when you do, your rod will double and adrenaline will fill your veins.

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This six-inch Sebile Splasher was engulfed by the massive redfish with no splash of any kind.
(Photo by Chester Moore, Jr.)