Bass anglers agree that tossing topwaters is about the most fun you can have while standing on the deck of a high-power water rocket - especially when the fish are in a cooperative state of mind. But they’re not the only ones who enjoy the blood-warming adrenaline rush that occurs when a largemouth boils on a surface bait.

Kayak anglers, too, dream of all-day topwater bites - they just have to go about it a bit differently. Veteran 'yak fisherman and brand ambassador Jason Kincy explains: “From a standing position on the casting deck of a bass boat, most anglers use their forearms to make a downward twitch to activate a walking bait, or even a popper," the Arkansas angler said. “You can’t really execute that kind of retrieve while sitting nearly on the water’s surface.”

For kayak anglers who want to get the most from their surface lures, Kincy suggests a horizontal twitch, primarily using wrist action and making the reel the pivot point.

“I cup the baitcaster’s sideplate in my left hand, and make shorter (roughly six inches) sideways twitches,” he said. “You don’t get as long a glide with a walking bait, but the benefit is that the lure’s lateral travel is minimized. You get more side-to-side movement on each retrieve, or if you’re casting to a particular target, the bait stays in the strike zone longer.”

Kincy uses a 7-foot Dobyns Fury crankbait rod, with 10- to 12-pound mono for topwater fishing, explaining that the softer crankbait action is more forgiving on the hookset and during a fight. Plus, it doubles as a cranking rod — fulfilling the need for efficiency when 'yak fishing with limited rod storage.

“I generally go into a topwater situation with two types of baits tied on—a walking lure (such as a Super Spook Jr.), and a popper (like a Booyah Boss Pop),” he said. “The walking bait seems to work best when fish are aggressive; the popper produces when bass need a bit more coaxing, or when they’re actively feeding, and not just in an aggressive mood. Usually the fish show a preference for one or the other; they don’t seem to react to both equally at the same time, so you have to figure out which one will be the bait of the day.”