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Author Topic: [Topwater] The Whopper Plopper - What's the Deal  (Read 1751 times)

Offline Adam Mihara

[Topwater] The Whopper Plopper - What's the Deal
« on: April 03, 2017, 04:34:09 PM »
So I just purchased my first Whopper Plopper. When I first saw this thing on Larry Dahlberg's "Hunt for Big Fish" I said to myself, look at this crazy guy building his own Musky lures out of a broom handle and coffee can lid. It's about 10 years later, someone decided to try and throw them for largemouth and smallmouth and it turns out to be a killer. River2Sea picks them up, Chris Lane wins a big tournament on them, and now they're in every tackleshop you can point a stick at.

What's the real key to this bait? I've heard the smaller sizes are complete garbage and the larger ones are the real deal. I haven't thrown it myself so what do you think?


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Offline Lunchbox

Re: The Whopper Plopper - What's the Deal
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2017, 05:46:23 PM »
*cracks knuckles* The Whopper Plopper is a blast! It was designed to catch big pike and musky and has been tearing it up in the California Delta for a few years now. Hopefully you dodged the garbage 090 size when you ordered. I primarily fish the 130 size and it has caught me green and bronze bass. Much like a worm it is easy to fish and hard to master. Also, like a worm, it is very versatile. I have had my most success by fishing it with "stuttering" action over submerged grass/weeds.
You will want a stout rod and heavy line. This thing weighs a ton! Adam, the best advice i have for you is to tie it on and go experiment with it.

Offline Adam Mihara

Re: The Whopper Plopper - What's the Deal
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2017, 06:04:42 PM »
*cracks knuckles* The Whopper Plopper is a blast! It was designed to catch big pike and musky and has been tearing it up in the California Delta for a few years now. Hopefully you dodged the garbage 090 size when you ordered. I primarily fish the 130 size and it has caught me green and bronze bass. Much like a worm it is easy to fish and hard to master. Also, like a worm, it is very versatile. I have had my most success by fishing it with "stuttering" action over submerged grass/weeds.
You will want a stout rod and heavy line. This thing weighs a ton! Adam, the best advice i have for you is to tie it on and go experiment with it.

When you say stuttering are you imparting reel action or rod action to it?

Offline Jigfishn10

Re: The Whopper Plopper - What's the Deal
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2017, 06:34:30 PM »
*cracks knuckles* The Whopper Plopper is a blast! It was designed to catch big pike and musky and has been tearing it up in the California Delta for a few years now. Hopefully you dodged the garbage 090 size when you ordered. I primarily fish the 130 size and it has caught me green and bronze bass. Much like a worm it is easy to fish and hard to master. Also, like a worm, it is very versatile. I have had my most success by fishing it with "stuttering" action over submerged grass/weeds.
You will want a stout rod and heavy line. This thing weighs a ton! Adam, the best advice i have for you is to tie it on and go experiment with it.
This is a great post and advice. I'm assuming when you say "stuttering" action you mean some type of stop-go retrieve or a little pump with the rod tip? Kind of like fishing a prop bait?

Offline KaRu Lures

Re: The Whopper Plopper - What's the Deal
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2017, 07:10:23 PM »
Haven't used one personally, but the videos sure make them look fun!  I'll have to get my hands on a few for fishing on the river, thanks for the heads up on the garbage 090 size.  What exactly is the difference between the 2?(besides the obvious size difference)

Offline Nitrofreak

Re: The Whopper Plopper - What's the Deal
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2017, 09:35:44 PM »
The key to any bait is how good you are at ticking the fish off with it, how annoyed you can make them, this bait is one of those baits that drive the fish bonkers, fish have a tendency as they grow to look for security, quiet places that they can call home and have a meal in peace.

This thing comes romping through their house raising a ruckus, it's like you trying to sleep and the dogs are barking to high heavens, you just want it to stop.

That's where this bait is so efficient, it preys upon the patience of those who want peace and quiet, just like a buzz bait with its obnoxious squeaking, they can't stand it.
Too much cause and effect thinking takes the freedom out of fishing- Bill Murphy

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Re: The Whopper Plopper - What's the Deal
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2017, 09:58:38 PM »
When I first saw the River2Sea Whopper Plopper I was like "what in the world?!"  But admittedly, it has me curious. I am glad I heard about the 130 being the deal before I made my order from Tackle Warehouse

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Offline Lunchbox

Re: The Whopper Plopper - What's the Deal
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2017, 11:03:55 PM »
When i say stuttering I mean exactly that. Sometimes it is a "reel" action that gives it the stutter, sometimes it is a rod twitch and every once in a while i combo the two.

The difference between the 090 and the 130 is hard to quantify. I don't know what happened when they shrunk it down again. the 190 was the original size and then it got shrunk to the 130. Which was good because the 190 is an effing monster! From the 130 to the 090 though something happened. The bait rolls over, the tail doesn't "plop" correctly, the hook catches the tail and when it does finally work (for about 2 yards) it only works in the slowest retrieve possible. I have had 5 of the 090 series. Kudos to BPS for replacing a defective product. After the 5th one I said *profanity laden string of words* and moved back to the 130 size.

Offline Adam Mihara

Re: The Whopper Plopper - What's the Deal
« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2017, 11:11:33 PM »
When i say stuttering I mean exactly that. Sometimes it is a "reel" action that gives it the stutter, sometimes it is a rod twitch and every once in a while i combo the two.

The difference between the 090 and the 130 is hard to quantify. I don't know what happened when they shrunk it down again. the 190 was the original size and then it got shrunk to the 130. Which was good because the 190 is an effing monster! From the 130 to the 090 though something happened. The bait rolls over, the tail doesn't "plop" correctly, the hook catches the tail and when it does finally work (for about 2 yards) it only works in the slowest retrieve possible. I have had 5 of the 090 series. Kudos to BPS for replacing a defective product. After the 5th one I said *profanity laden string of words* and moved back to the 130 size.

Excellent assessment! I can see the potbelly on the 090 size vs the straight cigar style on the 130 - 190 sizes. Like I said with the original, Larry Dahlberg had made it by hand. I doubt he would have taken the time to carve a potbelly in the bait.

Offline aixelsid

Re: The Whopper Plopper - What's the Deal
« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2017, 07:17:04 PM »
Doh! Day late and 13$ short.  I ordered 2 from TW. 90 and 130.  I'll see if the 90 has issues or not.  I'll report back later on the 90.  I was looking forward to the 90. It's a perfect match fro the shad I see too. 

Offline lipripper

Re: The Whopper Plopper - What's the Deal
« Reply #10 on: April 04, 2017, 07:35:32 PM »
Doh! Day late and 13$ short.  I ordered 2 from TW. 90 and 130.  I'll see if the 90 has issues or not.  I'll report back later on the 90.  I was looking forward to the 90. It's a perfect match fro the shad I see too.
Will be looking for your report and hope you have some of the Bass you catch on them too. :D

Offline iamski

Re: The Whopper Plopper - What's the Deal
« Reply #11 on: April 04, 2017, 07:41:53 PM »
After watching Ish Monroe using one and the action it had. I got a couple of them, the small ones. They are great. I use them mainly in early mornings and after dusk. The night bite is super. I would even say it's better that the Jitter Bug. I might even get the bigger one for summer to use near the pads to draw them out. It's a great top water bait with some super action.
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Offline aixelsid

Re: The Whopper Plopper - What's the Deal
« Reply #12 on: May 21, 2017, 12:00:07 PM »
My 90 runs just fine. It fouled up a couple times but only when didn't land clean. Meaning hit some drift wood or some tree top at the end of the cast. Noticed that had to hold rod tip high to get it going sometimes and lower the road as it comes to you.  It works just fine only a little sensitive to rod height. I will guess that's because lacks the deeper belly like the larger size. 

Offline Bud Kennedy

Re: The Whopper Plopper - What's the Deal
« Reply #13 on: May 21, 2017, 12:16:39 PM »
I have both the 90 and 130 with the 130 being the one that runs the best.  The 90 does just fine and as mentioned before, it is more responsive to rod tip position.  Changing rod tip position can also have the effect to have be bait run louder or quieter depending upon if you are tip up or tip down.

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Re: The Whopper Plopper - What's the Deal
« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2017, 01:54:38 PM »
The Jitterbug ,without the experts name outfishes them all for many years  Every time someone wins a tournament every one buys what ever they were using :rofl:
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