My cast was accurate but not perfect. My retrieve would take me over a submerged brush pile about 4 feet beneath the surface in 11 feet of water.

The Jitterbug is a great lure and one of the author’s favorites. (Photo by Zeke Cernea)

The Jitterbug is a great lure and one of the author’s favorites. (Photo by Zeke Cernea)

I like to fish lures that stay in the strike zone for the longest possible time per cast. With a great topwater bite in progress my choice of lures was an old reliable that I have thrown since my childhood. My Jitterbug bubbled enticingly over the structure.

As the surface blew up under the lure I was taken back to my youth when my father, Glen Roux, taught me to fish the Jitterbug early and late in the day for smallmouth bass and goggle-eye on Courtois Creek in S.E. Missouri.

It was one of his favorite lures as far back as he can remember and remains one my favorites to this day. And for good reason.

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