Surface Lure Guide - Michael Guest

We bring you a sneak peek at Michael Guest's guide to surface luring, from the up coming issue of Modern Fishing. Learn from the best about one of fishing's most exciting styles! 

Surface Lure Guide - Michael Guest



Fishing is broken up into so many different types and styles. These days there are tight knit groups that fish for one species or the other until it becomes an obsession. Whether you’re into soaking baits, twitching lures or just keeping the kids entertained, I think we can all agree that the most spectacular forms of fishing always involve you the angler seeing the take. To take it one step further. the site of a well worked surface presentation being devoured in an explosive crash of white water leaves an imprint in the memory bank! 


The only way to fuel the lust for more of the same is to keep doing it, over and over. I often make the comment that I would trade 20 bass caught below the surface for one hooked on top. If you’re reading this and thinking is it really that exciting, then it’s time to join the club and experience the most action-packed style of fishing there is!


It doesn’t matter whether you’re casting poppers, walkers, fizzers or anything else that twitches, vibrates, osculates, splashes or just breaks the surface tension, you’ll be hooked. Surface luring is an addiction.




The whole idea of fishing the surface in the first place is to imitate your target’s favourite food. Depending on the predatory fish, it could be chasing a garfish, frog, mouse, lizard, or one of thousands of different types of insects. However, many top water hunters will annihilate a surface lure out of sheer territorial aggression, and these are always the best strikes.


In clear water there’s no doubt the more realistic the presentation, the more chance of gaining a strike. In cloudy or dirty water, vibration and noise are the main attraction. The idea is not to spook a fish that’s already flighty, so subtle approaches in clear water are effective. On the other hand, if you’re doing everything possible to try and gain the attention of a big fish, then you need to wake them up. This is why the same lure that works in a calm estuary bay will be next to useless if cast into the raging white water of an ocean bommie.


Catch Michael Guest's complete article in the next issue of Modern Fishing for a complete run down of surface lure types, how to work them for the best results, targeting natives, and we feature some of the latest surface lures on the market . . .