I still love the topwater bite but I have been working on becoming a much more rounded fisherman. This year on my usual fall fishing trip the topwater bit was slower than usual. Water temps were in the high 60s and mostly bluebird skies made the shallow strikes fewer. My brother in law came with me this year and after e few hours of throwing baits he switched over to a beetle spin and a with a large sluggo attached. I thought to myself what does he think that will catch? Being the pro on the lake that I am I kept plugging away with my topwaters.
Wham a small northern slammed his bait, and of course I knew he wouldnt get a good fish. He switched over to a jig and powerbait craw. Of course those dont work for big fish because you cant get them back in the reeds and pads. After about his 10th fish he hooked a nice 4 pounder out away from the cover. OK, Im a jerk! I proceeded to catch 3 or 4 fish on a jig and craw combination. You can teach an old dog new tricks.
Im learning, it just takes time to get it through my thick skull. For the next few days I mixed it up between the jigs and topwater. The bite was still not the best but I think I caught more than I would have, had I just stayed with the topwater lures.
I still like topwater, its more exciting, but I will keep a more open mind to other techniques.