Bass fishing wisdom says that you don’t want to be the one who hears about a gangbuster topwater bite; you want to be the one who discovers it. So, instead of waiting for short days, cool temperatures and other obvious signs of autumn’s arrival to trigger a topwater frenzy, savvy anglers are testing the waters with surface lures right now.

Texas angler and Booyah brand ambassador Josh Jetter is among them. Recently he’s put the hurt on big bass throwing a Booyah Poppin’ Pad Crasher (Cricket pattern) on his home waters. All the while, he’s seen few other anglers using any type of topwater bait.

He’s been successful despite water temps in the mid 80s, but that’s only because they were 90 degrees-plus just a short time ago. “That few degrees difference was enough to get at least some of the bass to react to a topwater,” he said, “and the past two weeks have been fantastic.”

Jetter’s focus has been on isolated cover, such as a single stump or clump of grass around secondary points in the creek arms of the reservoirs he fishes. “They often hold multiple bass, too,” he explained. “I never cast just once. Instead I’ll throw a bit outside the cover, then a little closer, and finally right alongside or over the top.”

On a recent trip that approach led to a 6-, then a 5-, and finally a 4-pound bass on successive casts to the same piece of cover, he added.

The 7-foot, 8-inch, extra-heavy casting rod and 65-pound braided line Jetter uses might seem like overkill to some anglers, but Jetter likes the raw muscle they provide to fight big fish in heavy cover. But why choose the Poppin’ Pad Crasher over something else? The simple answer is because the bass love it.

“That lure has drawn more topwater strikes for me than anything else,” he said, “and they have been absolutely inhaling it.”

Though the weather remains sultry from south to north, it’s not too early to test the topwater action on the waters you fish. After all, don’t you want to be the one who discovers the bite?