Grip and Grin: Topwater Giant | Kayak Angler Magazine | Rapid Media
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Ethan Bourque was fishing on Independence Day when he caught his biggest topwater fish ever. Ethan Bourque was fishing on Independence Day when he caught his biggest topwater fish ever. Photos: Joe Gugino

Dead low tide means big fish have to fight less current to move around. Start casting.

"I was fishing early in the morning on July 4th with Joey Gugino of Why Knot Fishing at a relatively well known spot (I'm sure someone will get bothered by the water treatment plant in the background)," said Ethan Bourque. "It was dead low tide and I was casting a 24/7 Lures pencil over a dropoff. The water went from less than a foot to like 6 ft over a span of like 5 ft maybe. There was very little water moving when I cast into the shallow water. I worked the lure over the dropoff, but no response.

Suddenly no more than 10 feet from the boat, this fish explodes on the bait, and instantly I knew it was much bigger than anything else we had caught that day. It took off but my drag was too tight, and it didn't get very far before it started spinning me in circles. Once we got it to the boat we put it on a lip grip and let it relax, then took some quick pictures and a measurement and let it go. It was a fat 35", by far my largest striper on topwater."

Ethan Bourque admires his biggest topwater striped bass ever.

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